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One of the longest bloomers in the garden, coreopsis produces (usually) sunny yellow daisylike flowers that attract butterflies. Coreopsis, depending on the variety, also bears golden-yellow, pale yellow, pink, or bicolor flowers. It will bloom from early to midsummer or longer as long as it's deadheaded.

Plant Type:
Plant Width:
1-3 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Attracts Butterflies,Drought Tolerant,Deer Resistant,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Coreopsis grandiflora grows to 2-1/2 feet tall, with 2-inch-wide golden-yellow flowers. Zones 3-8
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Coreopsis 'Creme Brule' is a more vigorous version of 'Moonbeam' coreopsis. It is hardy in Zones 5-9 and produces larger flowers all along its stem, giving the plant a fuller appearance.
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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Domino' forms a lovely 15- to 18-inch-tall mound with spectacular gold daisies with a maroon center. Zones 4-9
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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise' is a dwarf form that grows only 15 inches tall and blooms the first year from seed. It tends to be short-lived. Zones 4-9
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Coreopsis lanceolata is hardy in Zones 3-8 and bears bright yellow daisies in May and June on plants to 2 feet tall.
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Coreopsis 'Limerock Dream' is usually grown as an annual, even though it is hardy in Zones 6-9. It produces two-tone pink daisies on feathery plants. It requires good soil drainage over winter.
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Coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby' produces deep pink daisies on feathery foliage that resembles that of threadleaf coreopsis. It's usually grown as an annual but is hardy in Zones 7-9.
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Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam' is a stalwart in the sunny perennial border. It is self-cleaning and has a long season of pale yellow daisies. Zones 4-9
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Coreopsis rosea is the oddball of the family. It has pink flowers instead of yellow and prefers more moisture. Divide the spreading clumps yearly to keep it growing vigorously. Zones 3-8
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Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb' grows to 18 inches tall and bears brilliant gold daisies on ferny medium green foliage. Zones 4-9
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Plant It With

The purplish-blue blooms of perennial salvia create a wonderful companion to golden coreopsis.


The upright spires of spike speedwell stand in stark contrast to the lax and billowy form of coreopsis. Blue-flowered varieties look especially good with coreopsis.


To make the sunny perennial border sing with color, pair the golden hues of 'Coronation Gold' yarrow with bright yellow or gold-and-red bicolor coreopsis.