Plains Coreopsis, Calliopsis, Tickseed

Coreopsis tinctoria

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coreopsis (kor-ee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: tinctoria (tink-TOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Coreopsis tinctoria var. imminuta
Synonym:Coreopsis cardaminefolia
Synonym:Coreopsis stenophylla
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



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:


Propagation Methods:

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


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

Auburn, Alabama

Saraland, Alabama

Flagstaff, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Montrose, Arkansas

Chowchilla, California

Citrus Heights, California

Menifee, California

Red Bluff, California

Richmond, California

Santa Clara, California

Stockton, California

Vacaville, California

Denver, Colorado

Winsted, Connecticut

Bradenton, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Panama City, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Cordele, Georgia

Villa Rica, Georgia

Itasca, Illinois

Jacksonville, Illinois

Saint Charles, Illinois

Anderson, Indiana

Columbus, Indiana

Dupont, Indiana

Ankeny, Iowa

Benton, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Halifax, Massachusetts

Lunenburg, Massachusetts

Grand Haven, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Maben, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Kansas City, Missouri

Blair, Nebraska

Denville, New Jersey

Alamogordo, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Elba, New York

Troy, New York

Durham, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Haviland, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Pocola, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Verona, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Crossville, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas (2 reports)

Bulverde, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Portland, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Willis, Texas

Richmond, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Lakewood, Washington

Rosalia, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 13, 2013, Cecilewis from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Thinning the seedlings will result in floppy, spindly plants. Thick plantings aid in upright masses. At bloom time, you will have clouds of color. These flowers are one of my favorite for the dye pot. The more red the centers, the yellow color on cloth moves toward terracotta. They are a nuisance to pick for the dye pot as they are very small. When I strip the plants in the morning, they are full of open blooms by late afternoon. They look like I didn't even remove any flowers! I pick the flowers and keep them in paper bags, stirring the mass frequently so they don't clump and mold. When completely dry I keep them in zip-lock bags. If you are a dyer and want clear yellow on cloth, grow grandiflora - they are really easy to pick and don't have red eyes. Both are really beautiful on fiber. P... read more


On Jun 25, 2008, maccionoadha from Halifax, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

The ones I grow, reach the height of between 4-6 feet. I've never had any grow less in height.


On Aug 6, 2007, thetripscaptain from Racine, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

These grow fast from seed.
They are really spindly and don't need to be thinned out much, if at all. It seems that they support each other by growing close together. I thinned mine out to about 4" and now they are falling over.
The flowers are smaller than Coreopsis grandiflora, which is the perennial tickseed popular in garden stores, but I think C. tinctoria looks nicer.


On Jul 9, 2006, peachmcd from Durham, NC wrote:

Easily grown from seed, and definitely attractive to some pretty finches I've never seen in my yard before, so it's not a negative experience, exactly. But I based my siting on other PlantFiles notes, and no one mentioned how weedy the foliage looks, or how bushy they got. Mine have dwarfed the young lilac they were meant to circle, looked very scraggly until they came into bloom, and fell over badly in a hard rain. My plan is to wait for the seed heads to form well, then cut them down and shake them around in a spot where wilder-looking flowers will be attractive and welcome, and where their floppiness won't be an issue.


On Jul 23, 2005, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a lovely Texas Native Plant, very attractive annual wildflower used often in cultivated gardens,


On Jan 16, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a nice, drought-tolerant wildflower with a long bloom season. I like the way it looks with ornamental grasses.


On Nov 11, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

A welcome sight along the highways here in West KY. The cheery blossoms create quite a show during the summer.

I've grown it in an unstructured, cottage garden type bed and enjoyed it alot. It reseeds happily and Goldfinches tend to eat enough of them to keep it from becoming invasive here.


On Jun 22, 2004, cherishlife from Pocola, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this flower, it's so sunny and cheerful. It grows alongside the highways in great numbers in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and I'm sure in many other states as well. I've noticed the flower heads tend to follow the sun all day long.

It is very invasive however and I'm sure farmers everywhere hate it. I've seen farm fields full of this flower, very pretty but I doubt the cows like it for food.


On Mar 19, 2004, sunnyjennyb from Red Bluff, CA wrote:

I planted it from a nursery conatiner, it did wonderful but you are left with a gazillion flowers to deadhead or it looks rather unatractive. On the plus side as soon as you dead head it comes back with another great show.


On Nov 8, 2000, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:

Plains coreopsis is an easy to grow plant. They grow 2-3' and need full sun and well-drained, moist to dry soil. They will bloom from summer to fall. The colors vary, but are usually a yellow or orange with a deep reddish-brown center. Plains coreopsis are great in mixed borders or wildflower gardens. They will reseed if allowed.