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COREOPSIS grandiflora (FLYING SAUCERS)

Image of Coreopsis grandiflora 'Walcoreop' (FLYING SAUCERS) PP10299

Jesse Saylor

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

COREOPSIS grandiflora 'Walcoreop'(FLYING SAUCERS) PP10299

Plant Common Name

Large-flowered Coreopsis

General Description

The large, single golden daisies of Flying Saucers add cheerful bright color to sunny summer gardens. This compact large-flowered coreopsis has an unusual spreading habit and blooms heavily for a long time. It is a patented cultivar that was bred in a planned breeding program by David Ralph Tristram in Walburton, Arundel Sussex, United Kingdom.

Large-flowered coreopsis is native to central and eastern North America. It puts forth substantial clumps of medium green foliage in spring. In late spring to early summer Flying Saucers becomes covered with many large single golden daisies with fringed petal edges. The blooms stand on leafless stems above the foliage, attract butterflies and will continue blooming if deadheaded regularly.

Flying Saucers is a sun-loving plant that does well in average to poor well-drained soil and is surprisingly drought tolerant once established. It can tolerate partial sun but grows leggier in lower light and will bloom less.

The blooms of large-flowered coreopsis glow in summer and are great for cutting. They make a super addition to sunny perennial borders and wildflower or butterfly gardens. Dwarf selections like Flying Saucers are also great for containers and rock garden plantings.

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

    20"-28" / 50.8cm - 71.1cm

  • 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

  • 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

    Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes