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COREOPSIS grandiflora 'Sunfire'

Image of Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunfire' PP7823

James Burghardt

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

COREOPSIS grandiflora 'Sunfire' PP7823

Plant Common Name

Large-flowered Coreopsis

General Description

The flowers of ‘Sunfire’ are bright golden yellow daisies with a burgundy halo around the center of each. This fine cultivar blooms heavily and has a relatively compact habit.

Large-flowered coreopsis is native to eastern North America and California. It puts forth substantial clumps of medium green foliage in spring. In late spring to early summer it becomes covered with many single golden daisies with fringed petal edges and a burgundy halo lining the eye. The blooms stand erect on stiff leafless stems, attract butterflies and will continue blooming if deadheaded regularly.

Like many coreopsis, ‘Sunfire’ is a sun-loving plant that does well in average to poor well-drained soil. It can tolerate partial sun but grows leggier in lower light and may require staking. It is also surprisingly drought tolerant once established.

The blooms of large-flowered coreopsis glow in summer and are great for cutting. It is an easy perennial that pairs well with lamb’s ear, 'Butterfly Blue' pincushion flower and sweet alyssum.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, South-Central United States, California, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Gold, Burgundy

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes