Plains Coreopsis, Calliopsis, Tickseed 'Mardi Gras'

Coreopsis tinctoria

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coreopsis (kor-ee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: tinctoria (tink-TOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Mardi Gras

Category:

Annuals

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Mobile, Alabama

Highlands-baywood Park, California

Atlanta, Georgia

San Antonio, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jan 23, 2016, JBtheExplorer from Southeast, WI wrote:

I started this plant from seed a few years ago. It was a nice plant, however, it will spread a lot. I removed hundreds of seedlings the first year and many more the second year. I actually love plants that spread, just as long as they are true natives, so I removed this plant and replaced it with Lanceleaf Coreopsis instead, which I actually like a lot more. I would suggest adding true native Coreopsis tinctoria or even Coreopsis lanceolata over this type.

Positive

On Jun 18, 2013, HumbertoD from Atlanta, GA wrote:

Plants puts up quite a show on late spring early summer. The first year they will be 1 to 2 foot tall with lots of flowers. Trim back for rebloom. Second year it gets 4 to 6 feet tall, prune early spring to 3 inches to prevent flopping.

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