Friday, July 16, 2010
Route 66 Threadleaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis verticillata 'Route 66'
Synonyms: Hybrid Coreopsis, Tickseed
This was a showy Coreopsis that I spotted at a local nursery. The red and yellow combination actually worked pretty well. This cultivar is a discovered seedling from a Pennsylvania garden. It is quite hardy surviving numerous winters in Zone 5 (minus 20 F) and shows all the usual traits of Coreopsis, which include thriving in poor soils, no serious pest and disease problems and good drought tolerance.
The red eye of he flowers appears variable and is a nice change from the ‘Moonbeam’ types. It seems a little taller at 24 inches but not too floppy. Now that I think of it this plant was also growing at the NYBG in the home gardening area’s Coreopsis collection. It looked attractive there too.
I finally got my rain and it seemed you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief from the gardens. We made it through the hot mini-drought okay but I do know that it can take several months to years for drought damage/stress to show up. Hopefully it won’t be too bad.