Enhance Your Summer Garden with Vibrant Coreopsis Flowers for a Burst of Color


Coreopsis, also known as tickseed, is a colorful American wildflower that is sure to bring cheer to any garden. These lovely flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, making them an important part of any ecosystem. Coreopsis comes in many different types, each with its own unique characteristics and beauty. Some of the most attractive varieties include ‘Jethro Tull,’ ‘Moonbeam,’ and ‘Presto.’

One of the great things about coreopsis is that it is easy to grow from seeds, making it a fun project for gardeners of all skill levels. They are generally low maintenance plants and can thrive in a wide range of soil types and exposure to sun. Coreopsis is also known for its long-blooming period, starting in early summer and continuing well into fall.

When it comes to care and maintenance, coreopsis is relatively fuss-free. They are generally resistant to most pests and diseases, although deer may occasionally nibble on the leaves. Deadheading and pruning can help to prolong the blooming period and keep the plants looking neat and tidy.

With their brightly colored flowerheads and medium height, coreopsis is a versatile plant that can be used in various garden designs. They look equally stunning in mass plantings or as a focal point in a mixed border. Coreopsis can also be a great addition to a wildflower or meadow garden, where they can attract beneficial insects and provide food and habitat for pollinators.

Whether you’re a novice gardener or a seasoned elf of the green thumb, growing coreopsis can be a dream come true. They are a true symbol of summer, adding pops of color to the garden year after year. So why not give coreopsis a try and enjoy the beauty they bring to your outdoor space?

In conclusion, coreopsis, also known as tickseed, is a vibrant and easy-to-grow perennial that is a must-have for any colorful garden. With their long-blooming period, attractive flowers, and low maintenance needs, they are a favorite among both experienced and novice gardeners. So grab your seeds, choose a sunny spot in your garden, and get ready to enjoy the cheerful beauty of coreopsis all summer long!

“Don’t be afraid to go boldly into the garden with Coreopsis. They will bring the sunray above the frost line and keep the ticks and beetles starstruck.” – Unknown

Tickseed Coreopsis

Tickseed Coreopsis, commonly known as the starstruck, li’l, or tickseed, is a boldly beautiful flowering plant that adds a cheerful touch to any garden. This American native plant belongs to the sunflower family and is loved by both humans and pollinators alike. Their bright yellow flowers with red or gold centers bring a burst of color to any landscape.

Tickseed Coreopsis is a long-blooming perennial that is easy to grow and care for. It thrives in full sun exposure and is tolerant of deer and other pests. This makes it an excellent choice for areas where these animals are common. The plant’s attractive deep green, finely lobed foliage is equally impressive and adds to its overall appeal.

When planted in early spring, Tickseed Coreopsis will bloom from early summer through fall, providing a continuous display of vibrant flowers. The plant grows to a height of about 1 to 3 feet, depending on the cultivar. Spacing them about 12 to 18 inches apart allows for proper air circulation and encourages healthy growth.

Tickseed Coreopsis has a deep-rooted connection with its native habitat, where it plays an essential role in supporting the ecosystem. The plant attracts various pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, which help in the conservation of these important species. In fact, Tickseed Coreopsis has been named one of the winners in the “Plant for Pollinators” campaign.

This low-maintenance plant is a star in both private and public gardens. Its vibrant flowers and interesting leaf foliage make it an excellent choice for garden design. Tickseed Coreopsis looks great when planted in mass or as border plants. Their long bloom time and resistance to pests make them super easy to care for.

If you’re looking to add some cheerful summer flowers to your garden, Tickseed Coreopsis should definitely be on your list. Check out the pictures of this stunning plant and let your imagination soar with ideas on how it could enhance your outdoor space. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, Tickseed Coreopsis will surely bring you joy with its super blooms and vibrant colors.

Habitat and Conservation

The Coreopsis genus is native to North America and is commonly found growing in the wild in open areas, meadows, and prairies. These cheerful flowers are winners in the garden for their vibrant blooms, attracting beneficial insects and adding a splash of color to any landscape.

The Coreopsis genus belongs to the Asteraceae family, which includes other well-known plants such as daisies, sunflowers, and asters. There are over 100 species in the Coreopsis genus, with common names like “sterntaler,” “dream,” and “sunray.”

Coreopsis flowers are mostly yellow or red in color and are known for their daisy-like appearance with fluted petals. They bloom from early summer to frost and can reach a height of up to 3 feet, depending on the variety. These sun-loving plants prefer full sun exposure for optimum blooming.

Coreopsis flowers are relatively easy to grow and require minimal care. They are drought-tolerant and can thrive in a variety of soil types. They are also resistant to deer and other pests, making them a great choice for gardens in areas where these animals are present.

While there are many beautiful species of Coreopsis that can be grown in the garden, some popular cultivars include “Super Bang™ Red Elf,” “Starstruck,” “Sterntaler,” and “Jethro Tull.” These cultivars have been bred for their attractive flowers and are often prized by gardeners for their vibrant colors and unique forms.

In addition to their use in gardens, Coreopsis flowers have also been naturalized in some areas and can be found growing wild. They provide a valuable source of food for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. The bright and cheerful blooms of Coreopsis also make them a popular choice for public gardens and landscaping projects.

In summary, growing Coreopsis can be a rewarding experience for any gardener. With their cheerful and colorful flowers, easy care requirements, and attractive forms, Coreopsis is a great addition to any summer garden.


Coreopsis is a plant that comes from the sunflower family, Asteraceae. It is known for its beautiful golden and yellow flowers, which bloom during the summer months. Coreopsis is a popular choice among gardeners due to its low maintenance requirements and ability to thrive in a variety of soil types.

One of the most common varieties of Coreopsis is the Coreopsis tinctoria, also known as “tickseed”. This variety is a perennial, meaning it will return year after year. Another popular variety is the Coreopsis grandiflora, commonly known as “moonbeam”. This variety is often planted as an annual in areas where it is not winter hardy.

Coreopsis is a super pollinator, attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to the garden. It is also a favorite among deer, so if you have problems with deer in your area, Coreopsis may not be the best choice for you.

In terms of maintenance, Coreopsis is relatively easy to care for. It does not require much fertilizing and is drought-tolerant once established. Deadheading, or removing spent flowers, will promote more blooms and prolong the blooming period.

One interesting fact about Coreopsis is that some types of Coreopsis have lobed foliage, while others have finely cut or deeply divided leaves. This diversity in foliage adds visual interest to your garden.

Overall, Coreopsis is a beautiful and versatile plant that adds a splash of color to any garden. Whether you choose a bold variety like “starstruck” or the classic Coreopsis lanceolata, you can’t go wrong with this cheerful summer flower.

Human Connections

Human connections can be fostered and strengthened through the simple act of growing flowers. In fact, studies have shown that spending time in nature and nurturing plants can have a positive impact on mental health and overall well-being.

When you grow Coreopsis, you not only create a beautiful garden, but you also create an opportunity to connect with others. Whether it’s through sharing pictures of your blooming plants with friends and family, or exchanging gardening tips and experiences with fellow enthusiasts, Coreopsis can spark conversations and bring people together.

Coreopsis is a type of wildflower that thrives in sunny, well-drained soils. They are easy to care for and come in various cultivars, each with its own unique flowerhead. From the bold and bright yellow flowerheads of the American Dream and Starstruck cultivars, to the l’il Bang™ series with its dwarf habit and prolific blooming, Coreopsis offers a wide range of options for every garden.

One of the most popular Coreopsis cultivars is the delightful ‘Jethro Tull’ with its red and yellow bicolor flowers. Another standout is the Sterntaler, named after the fictional elf from Grimm’s fairy tales, which displays bright yellow and red flowers that are sure to catch the eye.

To care for Coreopsis, make sure to plant them in well-draining soil and provide them with full sun exposure. Watering needs depend on the type of Coreopsis and the soil conditions, but generally they are drought-tolerant once established and don’t require much watering. Deadheading spent flowers can help prolong blooming time and keep the plant looking tidy. Coreopsis are perennial plants and can be planted in USDA zones 4-9, making them suitable for a wide range of areas.

If you’re facing deer problems in your garden, you’ll be glad to know that Coreopsis are usually deer resistant. While they might nibble on other plants, Coreopsis is a plant they tend to leave alone. This makes it an ideal choice for areas with deer populations.

So why not grow Coreopsis this summer and enjoy its cheerful flowers? Share the joy with others, connect through this beautiful plant, and create a garden that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also brings people together.

Ecosystem Connections

Coreopsis, commonly known as tickseed, is a cheerful and hardy perennial flower that is native to North America. It belongs to the sunflower family and is a popular choice for gardeners, thanks to its bright yellow flowers and attractive foliage.

When grown in a garden, Coreopsis plants provide several ecosystem connections. They attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, helping to support the overall health and biodiversity of the garden. The blooming flowers also provide a source of nectar for these pollinators, ensuring their survival.

Coreopsis plants are well-adapted to a variety of habitats and soil types. They can tolerate both dry and moist soils, making them a versatile choice for gardeners. These plants are also known for their hardiness, with many cultivars being able to withstand frost and harsh weather conditions.

Care for Coreopsis is generally easy, making them suitable for both beginner and experienced gardeners. They require full sun exposure to thrive and should be planted in well-draining soil. Watering should be done sparingly, as overwatering can lead to root rot.

There are many different cultivars of Coreopsis available, each with its own unique characteristics. Some of the most popular cultivars include “Moonbeam,” “Sunrise,” and “Jethro Tull.” These cultivars come in a variety of flower colors and sizes, allowing gardeners to choose the ones that best suit their preferences.

One of the most notable Coreopsis cultivars is “Li’l Bang™ Red Elf.” This compact plant features vibrant red flowers that bloom from early summer until frost. It is perfect for small gardens or containers, adding a pop of color to any space.

Another popular Coreopsis cultivar is “Sterntaler.” This variety has large, fluted flowerheads that are bright yellow with a dark red center. It is a show-stopper in the garden and attracts attention from both humans and pollinators alike.

Coreopsis plants can also play a role in conservation efforts. They are a native wildflower that provides habitat and food for wildlife, including birds and insects. By including Coreopsis in your garden, you can contribute to the preservation of native plants and support local ecosystems.

Dividing Coreopsis plants is a common practice for gardeners. This helps to control their size and keep them blooming at their best. Dividing should be done in early spring or fall, and the divided plants can be replanted elsewhere in the garden or shared with friends.

In conclusion, Coreopsis plants are a super addition to any garden. With their cheerful yellow flowers and attractive foliage, they bring a touch of gold to any landscape. Their hardiness, low maintenance requirements, and ability to attract pollinators make them a winner for both gardeners and the ecosystem.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.