Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Lanceleaf Tickseed - Coreopsis lanceolata   L.
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DistributionThroughout the state, including the Outer Banks.

MA to WI, south to FL and TX. Original range probably restricted to prairies and openings in the Midwest, but greatly augmented by cultivation and planting as a roadside ornamental. Weakley's (2022) map now shows the species as Provenance Uncertain in all Southeastern states (east of LA and AR); certainly, it is open to debate whether it is native in NC or not.
AbundanceUncommon to common; occasionally locally abundant. Plants often form patches via horizontal rhizomes.
HabitatMostly roadsides, disturbed areas, vacant lots, clearings, etc., in dry soils. The original native habitat(s) in NC are obscure, if it was native here at all. Naturalists should be on the lookout for populations in natural settings.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-June.
IdentificationPlants tend to consist of some basal leaves plus relatively naked flowering stems with terminal heads. Helpful clues include disk florets with 5 corolla lobes, non-dissected leaves, and plants perennial. Rays and disks are yellow.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

For excellent drawings of all species (except those recently described) and range maps (although now out-of-date), see the monograph by Smith (1976).
Other Common Name(s)Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Sand Coreopsis
State RankS5
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieSandhills Game Land, Diggs Tract, roadside, May 2016. RichmondPhoto_natural
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