Rose Coreopsis, Coreopsis rosea

Rose Coreopsis

Coreopsis rosea

Benefits:
Sun Shade:
Bloom Time: Summer
Zones: 3, 4, 5
Soil Conditions: Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture: Medium, Moist, Wet
Color: Pink
Fragrance: No
Height: 1 to 3 feet
Spacing: 1 - 2 feet

Description

Rose Coreopsis (Coreopsis rosea), Pink Coreopsis or Pink Threadleaf Coreopsis is primarily native to wet sandy soils along water margins in coastal plain areas. It is noted for being the only coreopsis with pink flowers. It is a rhizomatous perennial which typically grows in dense, bushy clumps to 1-2 feet tall. Features daisy-like flowers (1/2 to 1 inch diameter) with pink untoothed rays and yellow center disks. Flowers appear singly on short stalks in a profuse and lengthy summer bloom. Whorls of linear, grass-like, light green leaves lend a fine-textured and airy appearance to the plant.

The blooming period occurs during early summer, lasting about 3 weeks. Afterwards, the florets are replaced by achenes. These achenes are about 5 mm. long, brown or grayish brown, oblong to elliptic-oblong in shape, slightly concave-convex, longitudinally and finely ridged, and hairless. The apices of these achenes are truncate, lacking hairs or significant scales. The root system is fibrous and long-rhizomatous, often forming colonies of clonal plants. During autumn, the deciduous foliage of this plant often acquires reddish tints.

Habitats include well-drained black soil prairies, sand prairies, gravel prairies, hill prairies, thickets, open areas of rocky upland forests, savannas, limestone glades, and abandoned fields. Prairie Coreopsis is usually found in high quality natural areas because the dispersion of its seeds is rather limited and it is infrequently cultivated.

Easily grown in medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. It hasvery little drought tolerance and need consistently moist soils in order to thrive. Avoid poorly-drained heavy clay soils. Prompt deadheading of spent flower stalks can be tedious for a large planting, but does tend to encourage additional bloom and prevent any unwanted self-seeding. Plants may be sheared in late summer to promote a fall re-bloom and to tidy the planting (stems often become matted as summer progresses).

Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Cut back in late summer to promote new early autumn flowers.
  Plants require a well-drained soil that is consistently moist.
  Plants spread in garden situations by rhizomes and self-seeding and may be too aggressive for small manicured beds.
  After first frost, cut back to 1-2 inches
  Divide plants every few years
  American Indian tribes applied boiled seeds to painful areas of their bodies
  Beekeepers consider them good honey sources.
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