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Coreopsis, Downy Coreopsis, Star Tickseed 'Sunshine Superman'

Coreopsis pubescens

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coreopsis (kor-ee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: pubescens (pew-BES-senz) (Info)
Cultivar: Sunshine Superman


Alpines and Rock Gardens


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cordele, Georgia

Decatur, Georgia

Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Lexington, Massachusetts

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Louis, Missouri

Sicklerville, New Jersey

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Newport News, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 13, 2010, 45eriepa from Lexington, MA wrote:

Coreopsis pubescens is a spreading, somewhat sprawling plant to 2' (60cm) high that provides non-stop yellow from July to frost. It has not self-sown for me but collected seeds germinate readily; mine came from Prairie Moon Nursery seed. It can be readily divided when growth begins in spring. It is useful, dependable, and trouble free; I find it quite tolerant of drought, such as the one we're now enduring.


On May 19, 2007, efbiosis from Oakland, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Short in stature but generous with blooms. Starts the display in mid April here in Oklahoma and doesn't stop until frost with the added bonus of not needing to be deadheaded. Looks great when paired with its larger cousins like Coreopsis x 'Rising Sun' or Coreopsis x 'Jethro Tull' or with small statured fountain grasses

Does not appear to be affected by powedery mildew.