Perennial Flower Information
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Coreopsis - Tickseed
is surely one plant that should be in every garden as
it is one of the most popular hardy, yellow flowers.
The common name, Tickseed, is very appropriate, because
the seed of the plant looks like a bug; however,
the flowers are exceedingly attractive. They first begin
to bloom early in June and are a mass of gold until
the frost kills them. The leaves are light green and
narrow, while the flowers, which look like a Daisy,
are golden yellow in color and measure from 2 inches
to 3 inches across. The plant is bushy and spreading;
and the stems of the flowers are strong, wiry and graceful.
Coreopsis lanceolata grandiflora is the species
most worthy of cultivation.. The plants attain a height
of 3 feet and are especially in their golden glory during
June. C. verticillata is a small flowered species
with finely cut' foliage. The plants bloom all Summer
and grow 12. feet tall. C. rosea is an interesting
little plant, never much taller than a foot, and with
rosy-pink flowers and fine leaves. This sort has creeping
C. lanceolata grandiflora is invaluable for use
as cut flower on account of its long, wiry, leafless
stems. All sorts are good in the border where huge clumps
are very showy. Coreopsis is nearly always planted in
front of Delphiniums, and they combine well with Shasta
They are of easiest culture, but prefer sunlight and
rich, damp soil. The flowers must be kept picked in
order to insure a long blooming period. If planted on
the north side, they should have slight Winter protection,
such as coarse straw or Pine boughs.
They are propagated by seeds and division of the plants.
If the seeds are sown very early, the plants will bloom
the first year, but if they are planted in July or August,
the plants will bloom the succeeding year. Seeds should
be sown every year, since the older plants tend
to get woody and do not bloom as well.
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