Coreopsis (Coreopsis)

Coreopsis (Coreopsis) - Garden Basics - Flower - Perennial

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Plant InformationBotanical Name: Coreopsis
Life Cycle: Perennial (annual types are also available)
Planting Time: Spring or Fall
Height: Varies, see below
Exposure: Sun or Light Shade
Soil: well drained
Hardiness: Zones 4 to 9
Bloom Time: All summer
Propagation: Division in early spring or seeds
Uses: Beds, borders, wildflower meadows, cut flowers, dried flowers. Very drought resistant.


  • Coreopsis bears the unfortunate nickname "Tickseed" because the seeds resemble ticks.
  • Coreopsis may stop blooming for a while in the hottest part of the summer.
  • In northern climates, use a mulch to protect the roots over winter.


Coreopsis verticillata
These are called thread-leaved coreopsis and the lacy foliage is interesting even when the plant isn't in bloom. The plant is 1' to 3' tall, and the flowers are yellow. Includes the popular cultivars 'Moonbeam' and 'Zagreb'.

Coreopsis lanceolata
This is a lovely variety growing 12" to 30" tall. It self-seeds readily and is a dependable, permanent addition to the wildflower meadow. Includes the cultivar 'Double Sunburst'.

Coreopsis rosea
This is a pink coreopsis with single blooms that grows to about 2' tall.

Coreopsis grandiflora
This variety is often grown as an annual because it is short-lived, but it will self seed in the garden if allowed. It grows to 3' tall, and includes single, semi-double, and double cultivars.

'Limerock Ruby'
This is a popular hybrid with dark red flowers. It grows 18" to 24" tall.

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