|Lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) started to bloom on May 11th.|
Why I'm growing Coreopsis lanceolata in my garden...
1) Lanceleaf coreopsis is native to Tennessee and throughout much of the Eastern U.S.
2) Missouri Botanical Garden says it can grow in full sun and tolerate deer, drought, heat and humidity. (I've got all of those in abundance!)
3) I found an 1890 (!) article in The Garden magazine saying that C. lanceolata grew "exceptionally fine" on heavy clay soil during wet summers.
4) Michigan State University says that lanceleaf coreopsis flowers are very attractive to bees and other beneficial insects.
5) The Missouri Prairie Foundation says that C. lanceolata seeds provide food for finches.
Do you grow lanceleaf coreopsis? If so, what has been your experience with this plant?