Audubon® Tall Tickseed
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Heads and shoulders above the rest! Tall Coreopsis is a statuesque wildflower that will have a commanding presence in your garden. Throughout spring and early summer, this splendid native steadily grows up, up, up, building a framework of smooth, slim stems and clean green foliage. Beginning in midsummer, the seven-foot stems are topped by perky yellow Daisy flowers with mahogany-brown centers, much loved by pollinators. In fall, the sunny flowers become seedheads, and finches arrive to get their fill. While you sit on your deck, you’ll watch the birds cling to the gently swaying stems and dig in.
May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
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Recommended by Our Growers
“Coreopsis” gets its name from the Greek words for “looks like a bug.” This is a reference to the seeds of a related genus, Bidens, which used to be classified as a Coreopsis. Bidens seeds have two little prongs that enable them to attach to animal fur like a tick. Bidens is also known as “Beggars Ticks” and Coreopsis as “Tickseed.” Tall Tickseed distinguishes itself from other Tickseeds by its height and by the chocolate-brown centers of its flowers. It grows throughout much of the eastern U.S. and is native from Iowa to Pennsylvania and south to Texas and Florida.
Tall Coreopsis is a bonanza for native bees. Bumblebees, digger bees, dagger bees, sweat bees, leaf-cutter bees, and cuckoo bees all visit its flowers for the nectar and pollen rewards they offer. Our underappreciated beneficial wasps, flies, and beetles also feed on them.
How to Grow
Give Tall Coreopsis a position in full sun for best results. This plant is not fussy about soil and will tolerate a range of conditions, from sandy to clayey and from moist to fairly dry. Tall Coreopsis is generally self-supporting and should not need staking unless it is grown in a particularly windy area or in soil that is too rich or too wet. The only maintenance needed will be to cut down the stems in early spring to make way for new growth. Plants may reseed on their own, so choose an area where they can spread and naturalize.
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