Coreopsis Big Bang™ 'Mercury Rising'

Item #49663
Buy 3+ at $17.95 ea.


A Tickseed With a Unique Spreading Habit

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.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Coreopsis
Species hybrid
Variety 'Mercury Rising'
ppaf PP#24,689
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Start To End Early Summer - Early Fall
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 15 in - 18 in
Plant Width 24 in - 3 ft
Bloom Size 1.5 in - 2 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Cream, Magenta, White, Multi-Color, Yellow
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew, Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Outdoor, Beds, Cut Flowers, Ornamental
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 2 reviews
The average rating for this product is 4.5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

June 28, 2015

Love these flowers!!!

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

Now I haven't had these in the ground for a full year, I got these just this year, but the are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!! They're bright, bold, and yet their foliage is delicate and a lovely bright green. I bought three of these plants and while they take up some space they bloomed first time in the ground and are covered with with blossoms Which also last a while in a vase. Very lovely and I am looking forward to seeing how they survive New Hampshire winters and come back bigger and better next year.

Mary Meacher, from NH
June 24, 2013

Striking in a hosta bed

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Was looking for an easy grower, perennial to standout in my mostly hosta beds. I have always loved the yellow ones but when I saw the claret color with yellow centers, wow!!! It now sets in a three foot opening between two dark green hostas with a small white and green dwarf hosta in the back center, which can be seen through the coreopsis. it is gorgeous!

Retired / Full time gardener. from NJ

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