Coreopsis lanceolata is a perennial herb to 60 cm tall, stems clustered, leafy below, naked above.
Leaves opposite, lower leaves spatula-shaped to linear, to 20 cm long, 2 cm wide, often with 1-2 pairs of lateral lobes, upper leaves smaller, stalkless.
Flowers yellow, rays to 3 cm long, disk to 2 cm wide, basal bracts in 2 rows, the outer 8-10, margins papery, inner bracts longer and wider heads solitary or few on long leafless stalks.
Fruit dry, 1-seeded achene 0.3 cm long, winged, with 2 membranous teeth.
Wetland status: FACU.
Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.
Origin: Native to Midwestern U.S. Escaped from cultivation or planted in restorations.
Habitat: Does well in dry, sandy soil, prefers soil pH 6-7 (USDA, NRCS 2006), open habitats, full sun (Gargiullo personal observation).