When can I plant Coreopsis in Zone 11a

One of the first steps we take when we are estimating our gardening schedule is find our USDA Zone info. The zone info helps tell us things like average date of last frost and lowest expected temperature for our area.

By checking out the USDA zone info for Zone 11a you will be able to figure out when it's a good idea to plant coreopsis.


Planting Calendar for Coreopsis

Frost tolerance for coreopsis: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

Since coreopsis are moderately cold tolerant you can plant them a little bit earlier in the year than other plants that might not handle the cold.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
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A good time to plant coreopsis
Possibly ok, but a risky time to plant coreopsis
Probably not a good time to plant coreopsis

The earliest that you can plant coreopsis in Zone 11a is January. However, you really should wait until February if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant coreopsis and expect a good harvest is probably November. You probably don't want to wait any later than that or else your coreopsis may not have a chance to fully mature. Starting your coreopsis indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

In Zone 11a it never frosts. We can expect an average low temperature of 40°F in the coldest months of winter.

Remember that USDA zone info for Zone 11a is not always accurate and our actual date of last frost will vary from year to year. Since it never frosts in Zone 11a you do not have to be ready to protect your coreopsis if we have a late frost.

USDA Zone Info for Zone 11a

Here is the info for USDA Zone 11a.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)Never
Average Date of First Frost (fall)Never
Lowest Expected Low40°F
Highest Expected Low45°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is 40°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near 45°F.

Plants to Grow in Zone 11a

You may be interested in our other planting guides for Zone 11a.