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Prairie Coreopsis
Coreopsis palmata

This coreopsis species performs best on dry soil in full sun, and will bloom continuously if spent flowers are removed. A good species to include in prairies or perennial gardens. In part shade it will not bloom as well. Damper soils will encourage spreading by roots.

USDA symbol: COPA10

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height2 feet
Light ExposureSun
Soil MoistureDry
Bloom ColorYellow
Prairie Coreopsis (Prairie Coreopsis<div><em class="small">Coreopsis palmata</em></div>)
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Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceDrought Tolerant, Fire Tolerant

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJune to August
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Stem Nesting, Supports Generalists

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Rain Garden, Shoreline Buffer
Coefficient of Conservatism8
Herbivore SensitivityLow
Rate of SpreadMedium
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyAnoka, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Chisago, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pope, Ramsey, Renville, Rice, Rock, Sherburne, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Todd, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands