What happened to my Mercury Rising Coreopsis

msroseJuly 19, 2014

Mercury Rising is a recent purchase. This is what it looked like when I first planted it.

It took a break from blooming and now that it's starting up again, I'm seeing blooms like this. The edges look white in the picture, but it's actually yellow. Is this normal or did it revert to something else?

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tepelus z6a SW MI

Seems the color in the Big Bang series change according to the temperature. The cooler it is, the redder the flowers are. The warmer the temps, the more yellow or white they'll be. I didn't think it to be the case with Murcury Rising, I just got that one myself but hasn't bloomed for me yet. But I know others in the series do this.

Karen

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 7:18PM
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msrose

Thanks, Karen. I'll be interested to watch it now and see how it changes.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 8:27AM
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a2zmom(6a - nj)

I haven't see any yellow in mine but I do see some white frosting around the edges on some of the blooms.

My overall color tends to look more purple in the heat.

I'm happy to report it returned after the very harsh winter I experienced.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 9:07AM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

The variety called 'Red Satin' holds its color better in heat and doesn't flop like 'Mercury Rising.'

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 10:50AM
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msrose

Is the reason Red Satin doesn't flop because it's shorter or stronger?

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:24PM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

I think it might be the stems. Also the foliage is finer so maybe that helps too.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 12:56PM
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a2zmom(6a - nj)

Both 'Red Satin' and 'Mercury Rising' were hybridized by the same person (Darrell Probst). According to the Walter's Garden site:

Compared to âÂÂMercury RisingâÂÂ, this plant (Red Satin) has finer threadleaf foliage, solid red flowers that do not become âÂÂfrostedâ in the heat, and a tighter mounding habit.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 7:03PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

My Mercury Rising doesn't flop. One of my favorites. That color change is normal for Mercury Rising, you will get both the solid blooms and the yellow edged ones on a plant. Mine always has more solid, though. The yellow ones are few for me.

Now, if you are talking flopping, Red Shift is a sprawler, for sure! It separates in the center and looks like it's growing in a waterfall form! Still, beautiful, though. I think I might cut it back next year to see if I can keep it a bit shorter.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 7:30PM
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a2zmom(6a - nj)

"Mercury Rising' Doesn't flop for me either. although it is a sprawler. Here it is last year, along with Coreopsis 'Zagreb', Gaillardia 'Burgundy', Lobelia 'Queen Victoria' and Salvia 'Lady in Red'.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 9:11PM
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giraffe(5b)

A2zmom...do you mind if I use the above picture as my cover photo on Facebook? It's lovely! :-)

Thanks so much in advance!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2014 at 11:50PM
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a2zmom(6a - nj)

Giraffe, I'd be honored!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 9:31AM
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msrose

Gosh, I never saw the picture. I'm just getting the little box with an "x" in it.

Never mind. Now I see it :)

This post was edited by msrose on Mon, Jul 21, 14 at 17:45

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 5:43PM
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giraffe(5b)

Thanks so much, A2zmom! :-)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:39PM
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