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Mercury Rising Coreopsis
A Hardy Red, Mildew-free and Long-blooming!

Mercury Rising Coreopsis

1-Quart
Item # 49663
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Unique Spreading Habit!

The newest in the Big Bang™ series.
Plant Patent Applied For

Ever since new colors began to be introduced into the Coreopsis family several years ago, we have been looking for a truly exceptional red: cold-hardy, color-fast, and vigorous. What we didn't expect was to find one that also sports a new habit!

'Mercury Rising' is the latest in breeder Darrell Probst's amazing Big Bang™ series (take a look at 'Cosmic Evolution' and 'Galaxy' to get an idea of the series), and for our money it breaks new ground in a big way. It actually spreads, intertwining with its neighbors beautifully in the border! Just 15 to 18 inches high in bloom, it spreads 2 to 3 feet wide, with fresh green foliage backing the flowers.

Now, about those flowers. They begin about 1½ inches wide and then keep growing as they mature! And they arise all summer, very eye-catching in velvety magenta-claret. The small center is frilly and bright golden-yellow, punctuating the dark, rich petals beautifully. You will be delighted not only with the quality but with the number of these blooms, over a very long season. Prepare to be dazzled!

As summer turns to fall and the weather cools, the flowers may continue, frosty white and cream streaks interrupting the dark red. This adds an entire second look to the display, and it's our favorite time of the season!

'Mercury Rising' is hardy through zone 5 in the north, with excellent vigor and color-fastness. Mildew-free, it attracts butterflies and bees. Make it part of your sunny border this season, and begin enjoying one of the most remarkable new perennials in the world today! Zones 5-9.

Genus Coreopsis
Variety 'Mercury Rising'
PPAF PPAF
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Season Early Summer - Early Fall
Habit Spreading
Plant Height 15 in - 18 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Flower, Long Bloomers, Easy Care Plants, Free Bloomer, Repeat Bloomer, Season Extenders
Bloom Color Cream, Magenta, White
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Striking in a hosta bed
Retired / Full time gardener. from NJ wrote (June 24, 2013):
Was looking for an easy grower, perennial to standout in my mostly hosta beds. I have always loved the yellow ones but when I saw the claret color with yellow centers, wow!!! It now sets in a three foot opening between two dark green hostas with a small white and green dwarf hosta in the back center, which can be seen through the coreopsis. it is gorgeous!

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