OT -Coreopsis gigantea

Kipp McMichael kimcmich@hotmail.com
Wed, 15 Dec 2010 13:53:38 PST

  Although I cannot speak to a climate with recurrent frosts all winter long, I can say that Giant Coreopsis can handle frost. Here in the flatlands of Berkeley, we had 5 or so frosty nights and mornings here just after Thanksgiving. Frost was forming by 10PM the nights before and by morning all my plants, including 2 Coreopsis, were crystalized with frost. The frost did not linger past 10am or so. Both of these plants were in new growth with 2-6" of foliage. The plants are 8" and 12" tall with 2" diameter stems. Given their habitat, I would doubt they can handle a hard freeze - but they handle frost just fine.

-Kipp McMichael
Berkeley, CA USDA Zone 9


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