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Coreopsis rosea (Pink Tickseed)

Pink Coreopsis, Pink Tickseed, Rose Tickseed


Noted for its long, continuous flowering season, Coreopsis rosea (Pink Tickseed) is an erect rhizomatous perennial forming dense, bushy clumps of fine-textured, airy, grass-like, light green leaves. In summer and early fall, a profusion of starry rosy-pink flowers, up to 1 in. across (2.5 cm), are borne on short stems. Their golden center disk provides a nice contrast to the 8 rich pink ray florets. Blooming for months, Pink Tickseed is a lovely sight in the garden with its airy mounds of delicate thread-like foliage, covered with beautiful flowers. Easy to grow, relatively pest and disease free, this coreopsis species can make a terrific colony and complements other annuals and perennials very well. Unlike most other coreopsis, this plant is not tolerant of dry soil nor heat.

  • Grows up to 18-24 in. in tall (45-60 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm). Can spread aggressively by creeping rhizomes to form a ground cover.
  • Performs best in full sun in sandy, consistently moist, slightly acidic, well-drained soils.
  • Very versatile, it is a welcomed addition to borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, naturalized areas. Effective as an accent plant, groundcover (small area), path or patio edging and spectacular in mass plantings.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Crown rot may occur if grown in poorly drained soils. Deer resistant.
  • Deadheading of spent flowers will promote new blooms, although this can be tedious. Late summer shearing should help tidy up the plant and promote a fall rebloom. Cut to ground level at the end of the season.
  • Easily grown from seed. Mature plants may be increased by division..
  • Native to wet sandy soils along water margins in coastal plain areas from Nova Scotia to Maryland.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Coreopsis
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Georgia, South Carolina
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Coreopsis
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southeast, Georgia, South Carolina
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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