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Coreopsis pubescens

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low, medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: neutral, average, poor, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 2'-3'

Bloom Time: May, June, July, August, September

Bloom Color: yellow, orange

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, colonizing, deer resistant, drought tolerant, naturalizing, rock garden plant

Coreopsis pubescens (star tickseed)
  • Coreopsis pubescens (star tickseed)
  • Coreopsis pubescens (star tickseed)

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Description

Coreopsis pubescens

Also known as:

star tickseed

,

hairy tickseed

,

hairy coreopsis

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Coreopsis pubescens is a bushy, leafy perennial that grows to a height of 3 feet. It produces an abundance of flowers over a period of several months. The flowers are yellow with an orange central disk, daisy-like, up to 1" in diameter, with characteristically notched petals. The leaves are oblong, lance-shaped, sometimes lobed, about twice as long as they are wide, and opposite. The stems are distinctly hairy, hence the name 'pubescens', and begin to divide at their midpoint. The common name 'tickseed' is a reference to plants' seeds which resemble ticks.

Cultivation

Star tickseed is very easy to grow and will reward you with months of flowers, beginning as early as May and potentially extending well into October. It's preference is full sun, but it will tolerate part-sun. It is not particular about any type of soil, and can even be found growing in rocky roadside ditches. Established plants can be considered drought tolerant. Coreopsis pubescens is perfectly adapted to typical garden conditions with well-drained soil. Zones 6-9

Propagation

Easy to propagate from seed.

Additional Notes

Coreposis pubescens is a butterfly favorite!

This is a versatile species ideal for cottage gardens, rock gardens, and perennial borders. Its tolerance of adverse conditions, makes it also well suited for container gardens. A good choice for cut flower arrangements.

The genus name Coreopsis, is also a reference to the shape of the seeds, and is derived from the Greek word 'koris' which translates as 'bedbug'.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Special Concern: KY

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Coreopsis tickseed
Species Coreopsis pubescens star tickseed