Coreopsis verticillata 'Route 66' PP#20,609
A delightful cutflower, this native is left alone by deer and worshipped by butterflies.
Two inches wide and very profusely borne, these flowers appear above very finely-cut foliage on a bushy, dense, beautifully rounded plant that looks as though it has been carefully sheared to shape -- but actually grows quickly and naturally into a symmetrical form! A cultivar of the native Threadleaf Coreopsis, 'Route 66' is distinguished both by its interesting color patterning and by its rather large 2-inch blooms. They begin in midsummer with yellow petals, a rose-and-yellow eye, and a rather slender but intense halo. By fall the red has expanded well into each petal and the effect is very different!
'Route 66' reaches just 24 to 28 inches high and about 36 inches wide. After its first, very heavy bloom, you may wish to shear it back hard, which will promote a rapid and very abundant reflowering within a few weeks. It thrives in full sunshine and well-drained soil, and does not mind a bit of dryness. Very low maintenance and thoroughly rewarding!
Our native Coreopsis verticillata is unpalatable to deer, rabbits, and other nibbling creatures, yet attracts butterflies by the drove, and flourishes despite environmental hardships from dry soil to extreme heat. 'Route 66' has been found to be completely hardy in zone 5a, and probably may be pushed into zone 4 without ill effects. It does need full sun to very light shade to retain its very dense, upright habit and best blooming.
Consider using 'Route 66' in the meadow or wildflower garden, as a mass planting, or as punctuation in the border. Its flowers make great cuts, and you will certainly have plenty to spare over its long season and heavy rebloom! Zones 5-9.
|Zone||5 - 9|
|BloomStartToEnd||Mid Summer - Mid Fall|
|PlantHeight||24 in - 2 ft 4 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Cut-and-Come-Again, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Native, Pruning Recommended, Repeat Bloomer|
|BloomColor||Dark Red, Dark Yellow, Multi-Color|
|MoistureRequirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Normal, loamy, Poor|
|Uses||Border, Cut Flowers, Outdoor|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|