Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Threadleaf Tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 14, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

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Eastern tailed blue butterfly (Everes comyntas)
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Threadleaf tickseed (coreopsis)
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Aster Family (Asteraceae / Compositae)


Common Names

Threadleaf coreopsis, Tickseed, Tickweed, Whorled tickseed, Whorled coreopsis

Description

  • Long-lived perennial plant native to the eastern and southeastern United States, and eastern Canada
  • It can also be grown in much of the lower 48 states of the United States
  • Cultivars have been developed for the landscape industry.
  • About 24 inches tall and 18 or more inches wide but can range from 12 to 48 inches tall depending on cultivar
  • Delicate finely textured leaves
  • Covered with yellow flowers in mid-summer
  • Some pink and red blooming cultivars are available
  • Tolerates sun to part shade
  • Adapted to USDA cold hardiness zones 3 to 9
  • Long blooming and low maintenance makes Threadleaf tickseed a great choice for the water wise perennial garden


Attracts

Butterflies and bees
Birds eat the seeds

 


Additional Resources:

USDA NRCS Plants Database

West

Oregon - Coreopsis: A WaterWise Perennial

Midwest

Illinois - Threadleaf Coreopsis. Coreopsis verticillata
Missouri - Flowering Perennials: Characteristics and Culture, Coreopsis, Thread-leaf tickseed
Nebraska - Coreopsis: A Gardener's Delight

Southeast

Mississippi - Beautiful coreopsis are great garden choices



 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.