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Coreopsis Li'L Bang Red Elf

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Produces a profusion of flowers over a long period

Coreopsis have had a higher profile since their extensive use in the meadows at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is a wonderful new compact form with finely cut green leaves forming a mound up to 30cm (1ft) in height. Large scarlet, golden-eyed, cosmos-like blooms are produced in profusion from early summer through to autumn. Attractive to bees and butterflies the flowers are also excellent for cutting. A striking colour with purple leaved shrubs and perennials.

Where?

Plant in full sun at the front of beds and borders with other perennials or low shrubs. Good for pots and containers.

How?

Any well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Dead-head regularly to prolong flowering. Cut back faded leaves and flower stems in early winter.

Natives of the North America prairies, coreopsis are very hardy

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Flowering March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 40 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container

Typically available

From May to September