|GOLDEN WAVE, Plains coreopsis, Calliopsis Coreopsis tinctoria - Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
DESCRIPTION: Erect sometimes sprawling, annual, herbaceous, showy, flowering plant with wispy stems
Height: From 1 to 1 1/2 feet, sometimes to 4 feet
Flowers: Yellow with maroon centers, 1 inch wide, late winter through fall
Fruit: Small achene
Foliage: Green, narrow 1/6 inch wide and 4 inches long
Growth rate: Moderate to fast.
Sun: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Sandy or clay soils
Maintenance: Little needed
NATIVE HABITAT: Coastal prairies and marshes near
the coast and inland
WILDLIFE USE: Butterflies; browse for deer.
COMMENTS: Golden wave is one of the most abundant late winter flowering plants. Very attractive flowers, best planted in mass rather than individual plants - mimicking its natural habitat. It is called golden wave because it turns a field into a sea of golden waves.