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Coreopsis gigantea

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Coreopsis gigantea
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Coreopsis gigantea
Coreopsis gigantea
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Coreopsis gigantea

Species Name: Coreopsis gigantea
Common Name: Giant Coreopsis

Found on coastal bluffs from Leo Carillo State Park to Point Mugu State Park. Foliage is fleshy, similar to a succulent. Will go dormant in summer and start to leaf out again in winter. Recommended for containers.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 4' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Upright shrub
Deciduous/Evergreen: Late summer/Fall deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southern Central Coast, Northern and Central South Coast, Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Shrubby hillsides, coastal dunes, sea bluffs, 45' to 180'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: A peculiar and very interesting plant having a stout trunk 3 to 6 feet high with arm-like branches, rich vivid green feathery foliage and quantities of large bright yellow daisy-like flowers. Found on rocky bluffs near the coast from Santa Monica Mountains to San Luis Obispo County. Gallon cans, 50c."
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References
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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