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COREOPSIS tinctoria

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

COREOPSIS tinctoria

Plant Common Name

Dyer's Tickseed, Golden Tickseed

General Description

Blooming profusely in summer with yellow and maroon daisies, the Dyer's or golden tickseed is a tall, robust wildflower that’s great for naturalizing. Native to the Great Plains of central North America, it is a fast-growing annual or short-lived perennial that becomes covered with flowers from mid to late-summer and sometimes into fall, if plants are deadheaded.

Its fine green leaves are long and thickest along its long, branched, stiff stems. It has a very long, tall, top heavy habit, so it often needs to be staked. The daisies are small with coarse, jagged-edged petals that are gold with maroon or dark red bases and eyes. They appear in masses and attract lots and lots of butterflies and bees. The seedheads draw songbirds and the plants self-sow, though not aggressively.

Golden tickseed requires full sun and can be grown in many garden soils so long as they offer average to good drainage and fertility. Plants should be staked when they are relatively small, before they begin to flop. This tickseed was traditionally used to make a golden yellow dye for textiles, hence the name “tinctoria.” It is ideal for children's gardens because of its bright color, butterfly attraction and use as a dye for paper and fabric. It is also a lovely wildflower, and its blooms are great for informal arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Native To

    North America, United States, North-Central United States, Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes