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Coreopsis

coreopsis.jpgCoreopsis (koh-ree-op-siss);Tickseed, Composite Family (Compositae). A genus with many handsome annual and perennials, most of them showy, and all of them easy to grow. They make a brilliant display in the border from early summer to frost, and survive drought and heat. 

Coreopsis is a garden favorite because of its daisy-like flower, extended bloom season, and long stem flowers. This adaptable and durable relative of the sunflower is easy to grow, pest resistant, drought and soil tolerant.
Perennial (and Annual) varieties come in various shades of yellow, dark gold, almost orange, variegated and pink. Coreopsis species heights range from less than 1 foot to almost 4 feet. Most Coreopsis have either cut leaves or fern-like, thread-leaf green foliage, with flowers that rise above the foliage on long, wiry stems.

They perform best in full sun, within the flower bed or containers, and make marvelous fresh cut bouquets. Coreopsis grows in dry to medium moisture, most soil conditions with good drainage, including sandy or rocky. It is tolerant of humidity, heat and drought. Plants may be cut back hard in summer if foliage sprawls or becomes unkempt.

Coreopsis is easy to grow, making it a good choice for beginners. One plant will provide you with long-lasting cut flower bouquets all summer long. Plants in the genus Coreopsis are sometimes called tickseed as seeds resemble ticks.

Excellent as a border plant, in containers or for cut flowers, in mass plantings, specimen or focal point. When grown in borders or other formal garden areas, division may be needed every 2 to 3 years. Attracts butterflies and Deer resistant.

PLANTING: Set plants 6 to 12 inches apart, or more for larger cultivars. Choose a location in full sun or very light shade; Coreopsis is very easy to grow and will tolerate any soil except waterlogged soil. It prefers lean, sandier soils and requires little watering once established.
MAINTENANCE: Very little fertilizer is needed, especially once established. Periodically removing spent flowers will lengthen the blooming season. We recommend a mulch of humus or compost. Dividing every 2 or 3 years as necessary will induce stronger growth.

Although coreopsis is relatively insect free, aphids, leafhoppers, slugs, spider mites, thrips and whiteflies may be observed feeding on them. Generally disease-free, powdery mildew may occur. Proper plant spacing to allow adequate air movement will reduce the chances of powdery mildew.

Zones various.

  • Coreopsis 'Curry Up'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Coreopsis v. 'Curry Up' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis v. 'Curry Up' PPAF (30)ct Flat - SIZZLE & SPICE Collection Common Name: Threadleaf Coreopsis This Coreopsis has a bold and vibrant color that will catch your eye from a distance. 1.5” wide, golden yellow flowers with clear, dark red...

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  • Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (3.5 inch pot)

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'Zone: 4 to 9. Full Sun. Mature size: 6 to 9 inches tall; spreads to 2 feet. Dwarf coreopsis forms dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval, shiny deep green leaves. Bright orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers are...

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  • Coreopsis 'Starlight' PPAF
Photo courtesy of Darrell Probst

    Coreopsis 'Starlight' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Starlight' PPAF (30)ct Flat Especially large, white flowers with a burgundy, star-shaped eyeThe eye expands in cool tempsVery long blooming from early summer through early fallForms a compact mound of medium green foliage that is highly...

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  • Coreopsis 'Red Elf' PPAF
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    Coreopsis 'Red Elf' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Red Elf' PPAF (30)ct Flat Similar deep burgundy red flowers as 'Mercury Rising' but on a smaller plantThe flower tips become frosted with a touch of white in the hottest part of the seasonVery long blooming from early summer through early...

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  • Coreopsis 'Red Chiffon' PPAF

    Coreopsis 'Red Chiffon' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Red Chiffon' PPAF (30)ct Flat Sterile, yellow blossoms with a vibrant red eyeRed eye intensifies and expands in cooler tempsDark green, threadleaf foliage is highly mildew resistant, forming a sturdy, upright clumpLong blooming from midsummer...

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  • Coreopsis 'Enchanted Eve' PPAF
Photo courtesy of Darrell Probst

    Coreopsis 'Enchanted Eve' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Enchanted Eve' PPAF (30)ct Flat Butter yellow flowers with a soft red eyeRed eye gets bigger in cooler tempsForms a broad yet compact clump of attractive, medium green foliageVery long blooming from early summer through early fallGrows quickly...

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  • Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF
Photo courtesy of Darrell Probst

    Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Daybreak' PPAF (30)ct Flat Flowers have prominent orange-red centers and fringed, gold petal tipsFlowers are sterile, no need for deadheadingCompact, basal mound of disease resistant, dark green foliageVery long blooming from early summer...

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  • Coreopsis 'Berry Chiffon' PPAF
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    Coreopsis 'Berry Chiffon' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Berry Chiffon' PPAF (30)ct Flat White flowers with a vibrant raspberry red eyeRaspberry color covers most of the petals in cooler weatherLong blooming from midsummer through early fallSterile; won’t seed around the gardenSturdy, upright...

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  • Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' offers flat, olive green leaves  with bright yellow flowers from early spring to frost.  Hardy from zone 4-9.

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' (10)ct Quarts

    Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' Zone: 4 to 9. Full Sun. Mature size: 6 to 9 inches tall; spreads to 2 feet. Dwarf coreopsis forms dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval, shiny deep green leaves. Bright orange-yellow, daisy-like flowers...

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  • Coreopsis 'Red Satin'

    Coreopsis 'Red Satin' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Coreopsis 'Red Satin' PPAFCommon name: Tickseed. Series Name: PERMATHREAD TMZones 5 to 9.Full sun.Plants reach 15 to 18 inches tall and 18 to 22 inches wide.Growth rate: Moderate, Easy to grow. Deep wine red to ruby red flowers with an orange center...

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  • Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull'  PP18789

    Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull' PP18789 (30)ct Flat

    'Jethro Tull' Coreopsis Common Name: Tickseed, Hardy in zone 4 to 9.Partial to full sun. Fast growth rate in full sun. Golden-yellow reliablyfluted petals on 18 inch-long stems, that seem to bloom all summer. Drought-tolerant, compact and tough. Space...

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