Tickseed, Pot of Gold
This is a low maintenance, drought-tolerant, long-blooming and cheerful plants for a flower border or a filler. Bees, birds and butterflies are drawn to them, too. A good choice to plant on borders, effective in naturalized areas, native plant gardens or cottage gardens. Good plant for areas with poor, dry soils.
Botanical Name: Coreopsis
Nom Français: Coréopsis

Features

Bloom colour: Orange | Pink | Red | Yellow
Blooms: Summer - Zone 5
Pollinators: Bees | Butterflies
Sun or Shade: Full Sun | Partial Sun
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 1.5 feet (50 cms)
North America, Central America, South America
It grows well in hardiness zones: 4 to 9

Tickseed has over 100 species and many hybrids that can come in either annual or perennial. They are low maintenance, adapt to many types of soils and have a long bloom time, usually from early summer to fall. They come in a variety of colours such as red, pink, yellow, orange or white.

Planting

Gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens, prairies and meadows.
Water requirement: Withstands drought, but regular watering will ensure the best flower production.
Varied
Plant in early spring when the risk of frost has passed. Annuals will bloom in the first year, whereas perennials won't bloom until the second year. They prefer full sun and well-drained soils. To plant using seeds, start the seeds indoors roughly 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date. Plant about 1/2 inch deep and place in sunlight. They will need to be acclimatized to the outdoors for a week or two.
These flowers are great for planting in a container.

Care

Cutting of spent flowers in late summer tends to encourage a fall rebloom. Remove any sprawling or unkempt foliage. Some plants can spread aggressively by both rhizomes and self-seeding.
1.5-4 feet tall
Tickseed are relatively disease and pest free, but can be inhabited by slugs during moist seasons. Simply ensure quality air flow to divert this pest.

Pruning

Spread: 12 to 24 inches wide
Perennial tickseed can be propagated by division, which is best done in early spring or fall. If you deadhead, or cut the spent blooms, flowers will keep coming.

Considerations

Tickseed make great cut flowers.
Native to Canada

Styling and Use

A good choice to plant on borders, effective in naturalized areas, native plant gardens or cottage gardens.
Many flowering plants in garden settings. Combine for color.

Other

One of the common names, "Tickseed" refers to the shape of the seeds.

History

Coreopsis, meanning "always cheerful" was used by Natives to make dyes. It was also boiled into teas before the invention of coffee.

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