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Coreopsis 'Red Elf'

Tickseed Coreopsis

Plant Type: Perennial

If you love ‘Mercury Rising’ but need something smaller, try ‘Red Elf’. It has very similar deep burgundy red blossoms but on a much smaller plant that only grows about a foot wide. Its smaller bun-shaped habit helps it fit better into combination container plantings or smaller borders where it will provide a rich spot of color for months beginning in early summer. The deep red petal tips become frosted with a touch of white during the hottest part of the season, returning to a solid deep red when temperatures moderate. Since the flowers are sterile, they just keep on coming all season long without the need for deadheading.

A midseason shearing will keep this plant looking its best all season, though it is highly disease resistant.


Height

8-12"

Spread

10-15"

Growth Habit

FILLER (mounded)

USDA Hardiness Zone: Zone 5 (-20/-10F)