Did you know Coreopsis spp., also commonly known as tickseed, attracts small native sweat bees, native sunflower bees Svastra spp, long-horned bees, Melissodes spp., and hoover flies, Syrphidae spp. in our ecoregion 231? Read on.
Name: Coreopsis landeolata
Common: Lance-leafed Coreopsis
Zones: Herbaceous perennial
Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and 1 to 1.5 feet wide
Conditions: Sun, average to dry moisture
Attracts: In ecoregion 231, Coreopsis spp. aren’t what we think of as the magnet for the sexiest pollinators, but good for the wildlife just the same. All creatures, great and small, right? Coreopsis spp. are also host plants for the Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole.
Lance-leaf easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Thrives in poor, sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. Plants may be cut back hard in summer if foliage sprawls or becomes unkempt. If grown in borders, division may be needed every 2-3 years to maintain robustness.
The genus name comes from the Greek words koris meaning bug and opsis meaning like in reference to the shape of the seed which resembles a bug or tick.
Best naturalized in native wildflower gardens, meadows or prairies. Good plant for areas with poor, dry soils. Can be effective in borders, but self-seeding tendencies must be kept in check.
We grow Lance-leaf in one of the Xeric Zones of the Bee Better Teaching Garden. Each spring, we cut them back in half so they don’t topple over. This is also useful for extending the blooms later in the season.
On Lindtner honeybee scale of 0 to 5, pollen and nectar content is 1 and 1, respectively. Coreopsis aren’t considered magnets for honey bees or butterflies, but beneficial within a diverse wildlife planting mix. The value added by the beacon of color and landing pads for the bees and butterflies make it a sought after plant for the summer Bee Better garden.