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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Plant of the Week: Lanceleaf Coreopsis
As if summoned by royal decree, Coreopsis lanceolata has rapidly mustered its lances like shining knights circling the round table of the pond at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Its shimmering, yellow, daisy-like flowers currently dominate the site and will dazzle through early summer. The solitary flowers have eight tooth-tipped rays and flat center disks. They bloom atop slender, erect stems with narrow, hairy, lance-shaped leaves emerging from the base. Though lanceleaf coreopsis grows in small clumps, it self-seeds freely to form extensive colonies. A dependable perennial wildflower widely cultivated as an ornamental by gardeners, it does well in prairies, open fields, sandy woods and roadside terrain across much of North America.
Common Names: lanceleaf coreopsis, sand coreopsis, lanceleaf tickseed (the flowers produce tiny seeds resembling ticks)
Scientific Name: Coreopsis lanceolata
Native Status: Central and Southeast United States; most common coreopsis species of North American prairies
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Height: 1–2 feet
Flowering Time: May–July
Flower Color: Lemon yellow to gold
Interest: Showy flowers; attracts butterflies
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
By transforming the South Pond into Nature Boardwalk, Lincoln Park Zoo has created an urban ecosystem in the heart of the city. Enjoy a virtual view as native plants and animals establish themselves in this rare refuge.
As Lincoln Park Zoo’s director of horticulture, Brian oversees the zoo’s gardens, from bud to bloom.
As coordinator of wildlife management, Mason chronicles the bugs, birds, fish, insects, mammals and more that make their homes at Nature Boardwalk.
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