Monday, March 12, 2012

Coreopsis verticillata 'Monnbeam'

Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam', Asteraceae

In peak of bloom at the moment is this lovely pale yellow perennial from the daisy family. It is a true herbaceous plant, disappearing over winter and leaving behind a mat of tiny needle-like leaves poking out of the soil. In spring and summer it grows to around 50cm forming a low mound of filigree leaves before the delicate flowers appear. Being a sterile hybrid it does not set seed but is propagated by division of the rhizomatious root system. It is hardy over a range of climates and is not fussy as to soil type or growing conditions as long as the soil is free draining. Maintenance of the plant is easy, as it can be sheared off at ground level at the end of the season or after each flush of flowers to encourage new growth. The addition of some compost or fertilizer in spring is beneficial to ensure bountiful flowers over the summer and autumn months. It is native to the eastern half of the United States and has received several horticultural awards as a true winner in the garden.

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