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Coreopsis tinctoria (Tickseed)

Dyer's Tickseed, Nuttal Weed, Plains Coreopsis, Golden Tickseed, Goldenwave, Calliopsis

Coreopsis tinctoria, Dyer's Tickseed, Nuttal Weed, Plains Coreopsis, Golden Tickseed, Goldenwave, Calliopsis, Drought tolerant plants, dry soil plants, heat tolerant plants, humidity tolerant plants, yellow flowers
Coreopsis tinctoria, Dyer's Tickseed, Nuttal Weed, Plains Coreopsis, Golden Tickseed, Goldenwave, Calliopsis, Drought tolerant plants, dry soil plants, heat tolerant plants, humidity tolerant plants, yellow flowers

Native to the western U.S., Coreopsis tinctoria (Tickseed) is an upright, fast-growing annual with abundant daisy-like bright yellow flowers, up to 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with reddish brown center disks. Blooming from early summer to fall, each blossom features 7-9 yellow rays, notch-tipped and spotted reddish-brown at their base. They are borne on smooth, stiff, long stalks from multi-branching stems. The airy and feathery foliage of lance-shaped leaves appears mostly on the lower half of the plant. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity, this Coreopsis brings prairie charm to the sunny border and is perfect for wildflower gardens. Plant in drifts for great impact, and ensure you have enough for the vase!

  • Grows up to 2-4 ft. tall (60-120 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Freely self-seeds in optimum conditions.
  • Prefers full sun but tolerates light shade and enjoys dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Thrives in poor, sandy or rocky soils and is somewhat drought tolerant.
  • Easy to grow and relatively pest and disease free, this Coreopsis is a favorite of butterflies but is ignored by deer.
  • Welcomed addition to borders, naturalized areas, and cottage gardens. Spectacular in mass plantings.
  • Seeds may be sown indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost date. Set plants out after the last frost date. Seed may also be planted outdoors after the last frost date.
  • Prompt deadheading of spent flowers may encourage additional bloom and prevent unwanted self-seeding.
  • Native to the United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 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, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Coreopsis
Common names Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Tickseed, Goldenwave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Northeast, California, Midwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Pacific Northwest, South Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, North Dakota, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Coreopsis verticillata ‘Curry Up’ (Threadleaf Coreopsis)
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Coreopsis verticillata ‘Grandiflora’ (Threadleaf Coreopsis)
Coreopsis UPTICK™ Yellow and Red (Tickseed)
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Broad Street’ (Threadleaf Coreopsis)
Coreopsis ‘Citrine’ (Tickseed)

Recommended Companion Plants

Geranium himalayense (Lilac Cranesbill)
Papaver rhoeas (Flanders Poppy)
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Coreopsis (Tickseed)
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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 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, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Coreopsis
Common names Coreopsis, Plains Coreopsis, Tickseed, Goldenwave
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 4'
(60cm - 120cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Northeast, California, Midwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Pacific Northwest, South Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, North Dakota, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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