E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Coreopsis lanceolata L.
garden coreopsis (lanceleaf tickseed)
Asteraceae (Aster family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a woody rhizome; stems ascending to erect, glabrous, branched, 20-70 cm tall.
Basal leaves numerous, spoon-shaped to linear or linear-lanceolate, simple or with 1 or 2 pairs of small lateral lobes at the base, usually stiff-hairy, 10-20 cm long, up to 2 cm wide; upper leaves few, reduced, mostly entire, usually glabrous.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, solitary to several on long stalks; involucres 10-14 mm tall; involucral bracts markedly different, the inner 8-12 mm long, egg-shaped, brown with lighter margins, the outer reduced, lanceolate to oblong egg-shaped, obtuse, 4-8 mm long; ray flowers yellow, about 8, 1.5-3 cm long; disk flowers yellow; receptacular bracts flat and papery below.
Achenes black, 2.5-3 mm long, margins with incurved wings; pappus of 2 small, fringed teeth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Summer
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Black
Present over the Fall
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides and disturbed areas in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Ft. Langley and Nanaimo; introduced from E US.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Coreopsis lanceolata

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1971 1971 1971
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 0
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 4 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: ESSF(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Coreopsis crassifolia Ait.
Coreopsis heterogyna Fern.
Coreopsis lanceolata var. villosa Michx.

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