Coreopsis Big Bang™ 'Mercury Rising'
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Ever since new colors began to be introduced into the coreopsis family several years ago, we have been looking for a truly exceptional red: cold-hardy, color-fast, and vigorous. What we didn't expect was to find one that also sports a new habit. Coreopsis Big Bang™ 'Mercury Rising' is the latest in breeder Darrell Probst's amazing Big Bang™ series, and for our money it breaks new ground in a big way. This tickseed actually spreads, intertwining with its neighbors beautifully in the border. Just 15 to 18 inches high in bloom, it spreads 2 to 3 feet wide, with fresh green foliage backing the flowers.
Now, about those flowers. They begin about 1½ inches wide and then keep growing as they mature. And they arise all summer, very eye-catching in velvety magenta-claret. The small center is frilly and bright golden-yellow, punctuating the dark, rich petals beautifully. You will be delighted not only with the quality but with the number of these blooms, over a very long season. Prepare to be dazzled. As summer turns to fall and the weather cools, the flowers may continue, frosty white and cream streaks interrupting the dark red. This adds an entire second look to the display, and it's our favorite time of the season.
Coreopsis Big Bang™ 'Mercury Rising' is hardy through Zone 5 in the North, with excellent vigor and colorfastness. Mildew-free, it attracts butterflies and bees. Make it part of your sunny border this season, and begin enjoying one of the most remarkable new perennials in the world today.
|USDA Zone Low:||5|
|USDA Zone High:||9|
|Bloom Color:||Cream, Magenta, Multi-Color, White, Yellow|
|Max Bloom Size:||2.000000|
|Bloom Season Start:||Early Summer|
|Bloom Season End:||Early Fall|
|Foliage Color:||Medium Green|
|Harvest Season:||Early Fall, Late Fall, Mid Fall, Mid Summer|
|Characteristics:||Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer|
|Uses:||Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor|
|Zone:||5, 6, 7, 8, 9|
|State Shipping Restrictions:||GU, HI, PR, VI|
|Shipping Method Restrictions:||expressShipping, overnightShipping|