Asteraceae or Sunflower Family
Upright plant, about 2 or 3 feet tall. Leaves
actually in pairs, but stalkless and so deeply cut into 3
narrow, pointed leaflets that there appear to be whorls of 6
leaves. Flower heads about 2 inches wide, with a button of
many tiny brownish yellow disc flowers surrounded by around
seven yellow ray flowers. Blooms in summer.
Lovely native. Prefers sunny dry areas; in Wildwood
found along wood edges.
There are many yellow members of the Sunflower Family, and
they are often hard to tell apart. Greater coreopsis,
however, is distinctive because of the unusual arrangement of
leaves into apparent whorls of six. Lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) has a neater flowerhead, but much less organized leaves.