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Audubon® Plains Coreopsis
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It's electric! Not for the faint of heart, Plains Coreopsis lights up gardens in early to mid-summer with its flashy flowers. The brassy yellow blossoms, each stamped with a maroon bullseye, are borne in such profusion that you can barely see the wispy green foliage underneath. Pollinators love the bold blooms; bees, butterflies, and beneficial wasps, flies, and beetles will eagerly collect their nectar and pollen. When the fiery flowers are spent, finches and sparrows descend to forage on the seeds that follow. Try Plains Coreopsis in mixed borders, cottage gardens, wildflower meadows, cutting gardens, or anyplace you’d like to have a jolt of color.
May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
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- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- Hardiness Zone: 2-11
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Most abundant in the Plains states, from North Dakota in the North to Texas in the South, Plains Coreopsis is originally native to that region, but it has naturalized in almost all 50 states. Welcomed into gardens, this easy-to-grow and readily reseeding annual has escaped into the surrounding countryside. In New Mexico, the Zuni people once valued Plains Coreopsis as a dye plant. Its flowers yield a rusty orange dye for coloring textiles. The Zuni also used the plant to brew a special herbal tea that they believed would help child-bearing women have daughters.
“Coreopsis” comes from the Greek words for “looks like a bug.” Another common name for Coreopsis is Tickseed. These names actually refer to Beggars Tick, a plant that used to be classified as a Coreopsis. Its seeds have two sharp prongs that enable them to latch on to animal fur, like a tick. Plains Coreopsis also goes by the name “Dyer’s Tickseed,” and in the South, it is called “Calliopsis,” which means “beautiful appearance.”
How to Grow
Naturalized over most of the U.S., Plains Coreopsis is adaptable and easy to please, only needing full sun and moderate moisture levels. It possesses some drought tolerance, but will grow more lushly and bloom longer with regular water. This is an annual plant, which means that after it goes to seed, it dies. Don’t worry that it will disappear after one season, though, because it will reseed prolifically to provide plants for the next year. Shearing Plains Coreopsis immediately after blooming has finished may encourage the plant to flower again rather than go to seed. Be sure to leave some seeds for self-sowing, however.
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