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Coreopsis rosea 'Sweet Dreams'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coreopsis (kor-ee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: rosea (RO-zee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Dreams

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33 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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6 positives
4 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clary On Jul 16, 2010, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This has been a reliable performer in my hot and humid midAtlantic garden. It emerges late spring / early summer. Blooms for a very long time.

These threadleaf coreopsis are being used more frequently (the yellow in particular) in commercial and institutional plantings.

Negative SalviaFanatic5 On May 5, 2010, SalviaFanatic5 from Dover, DE wrote:

Thought this was a beautiful perennial. I was hoping it would come back...and it didn't make it. I thought it was one of prettiest. I guess you could say it's a tender perennial.

Positive gideonp On Oct 23, 2009, gideonp from Portland, OR wrote:

This plant is excellent for containers because it spills over the sides and blooms nonstop. This is my first season growing it and will have to see how it comes out next year. Great color! This plant did not overwinter for me in Portland, OR. We had about 2 weeks of freezing temps in December but, overall it was a mild winter. The plants were in containers however and it is a beautiful plant and is worth growing as an annual if that is the case.

Neutral trioadastra On May 19, 2008, trioadastra from Ellsworth, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

This little bugger did not overwinter for me here in zone 4! It was pretty while it lasted though, and I'll be hunting down more this spring and keeping my fingers crossed...

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Short 18" - Plant 20" apart. zone 5-8. Bicolor flowers of white with a raspberry center with needle like foliage. Long-lasting blooms, up to 1 1/2 inches, flower from late spring until frost. Color deepens to raspberry as the season progresses.

Positive Gindee77 On Jun 3, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant is great for filling in, in a perennial bed or as a companion plant to roses. It's flowers are very attractive.

Neutral smiln32 On Oct 13, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mature height is supposed to be 18". Blooms from June - October. Needs well-drained soil. Will grow in normal, clay or sandy soils. Deer resistant. Butterflies love it, though.

Positive henryr10 On Aug 23, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Originally found as a single stem on an ordinary Coreopsis rosea by Mark Leonard of the Flower Mill. Now grown and distributed by Blooms of Bressingham North America.

The flowers are 1 1/2" about twice the size of species Coreopsis rosea. Opening white w/ a dark raspberry center in mid Spring.
As the Summer progresses the flower's white outer edge takes on deep pink streaks and the raspberry center widens out.

I can attest to it's being drought hardy. Mine were found in a 50 cent bargain bin, 3" pot, bone dry and looked about dead. Within a few hours they had perked up and in two weeks started throwing new blooms. They have not stopped blooming in 2 months.

Neutral roseofkaren On Jul 16, 2004, roseofkaren from Palatine, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant blooms mid-July in my zone 5 garden. It flops over, and I don't stake it, so it appears to be about 6" tall.

Negative olds88lady On Jul 24, 2003, olds88lady from Macon, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

In Macon, Ga I planted last spring and it did ok. When I moved it in the late winter to a new flower bed and it started to grow, we had a freeze and it died. I also bought Limerock Ruby and it died as well with the same experience. My Zagreb is doing great.

Positive Sunshine12 On Mar 19, 2003, Sunshine12 wrote:

These are drought resistant once established. Shear plants after blooming to rejuvenate and more blooms will come in a week or two. Divide in spring or fall when needed.

Positive darius On Jul 17, 2002, darius from So.App.Mtns.
United States (Zone 5b) wrote:

Stunning flowers have white petals with a dark raspberry center. Blooms in late spring to early fall on plants with fine, needle-like foliage. Taller than 'Moonbeam' or regular rosea. Mine need staking as they fell over in a heavy rain and didn't get up.

From the grower: "As summer progresses, under high light and temperatures, the raspberry color develops further out on the ray petals, developing a slowly changing color pattern. Clumps spread rapidly to form a groundcover."


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

Gulf Breeze, Florida
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Bloomingdale, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Palatine, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Davenport, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Topsfield, Massachusetts
Brown City, Michigan
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Stony Point, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dayton, Ohio
Duncan Falls, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Washington, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Rowlett, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Canvas, West Virginia

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