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Coreopsis rosea 'American Dream'

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

Synonym:Coreopsis verticillata

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
3 neutrals
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plant_it On May 20, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

Rose Coreopsis is a showy, rare to endangered native of eastern states (Nova Scotia to Maryland). A profuse and lengthy bloomer (June to September!). An excellent ground cover or border plant, Rose Coreopsis spreads easily, forming attractive patches.

Easily grown in medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Unlike other species of Coreopsis, C. rosea and its cultivars have very little drought tolerance and need consistently moist soils in order to thrive. Avoid poorly-drained heavy clay soils, however. Prompt deadheading of spent flower stalks can be tedious for a large planting, but does tend to encourage additional bloom and prevent any unwanted self-seeding. Plants may be sheared in late summer to promote a fall rebloom and to tidy the planting (stems often become matted as summer progresses). In optimum growing conditions, plants will spread in the garden by rhizomes and self-seeding to form a dense ground cover, sometimes to the point of being considered aggressive.

Negative GardenSkater On Apr 15, 2011, GardenSkater from Maryville, TN wrote:

At one point I would have given this plant a positive, it was pretty and made a nice mound of pink flowers that were replaced often if one did a small amount of shearing to dead head.

The plant was lovely the first 2 years in the garden but became terribly invasive last year right after I had divided it and placed in 2 different parts of the garden. It spread via what seemed like thousands of underground runners in all directions and lost the nice clump look it had previously. The runners are not very deep for the most part put choked out a small Armeria, completely surrounded some day-lilies and was beginning to invade some prized lily space. Even though I tried to pull out every last bit of it I found tons of new plants again this spring with deeper underground runners attached so I doubt it was from self seeding.

Neutral NanCcan On Sep 6, 2010, NanCcan from Columbia, MO wrote:

This plant definitely takes a long time to emerge in spring, so - wait for it! Mine have not thrived; simply survived and not grown large, but this year I gave them a more fertile, more regularly watered location, so will hold my judgment on how well they spread until next year. They have survived my not-at-all green thumb!

Positive MTnic On Aug 10, 2009, MTnic from Plentywood, MT (Zone 3b) wrote:

While this plant is indeed later to bloom than my other coreopsis as well as floppy, it is a really reliable and beautiful plant in my garden. I must say I am surprised to see negative reviews from places much warmer than Montana. Although I mulch in the fall, I've done nothing extraordinary in terms of winter survival measures. It is located in full sun, slightly alkaline and amended clay soil on a steep slope unprotected from wind. Considering my conditions, it is a definite thumbs up. It has been blooming since July 9 and still looks great.

Neutral emily_n On May 19, 2009, emily_n from Williamston, MI wrote:

I have had terrible luck with coreopsis of many types. I'm in Michigan and they behave like an annual in my garden. I've tried American Dream, Autumn Blush, Heaven's Gate, and several others, only to have them look lovely through the summer, and fail to return next season. A buyer for a local greenhouse recently told me to avoid all varieties except for the "standard" yellows- because very few of the varieties, in particular the pink ones, survive cold winters.

Positive SW_gardener On Sep 22, 2008, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have to say I love this plant!!! It has an almost constant supply of pink flowers all summer. Plus it spreads by underground runners so its easy to get more yet not invasive at all. I've probably had it a good 10 years and it comes back reliably every time.

Positive Sneirish On Aug 5, 2008, Sneirish from Swansea, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted "American Dream" in October 2007 - it was a full healthy plant but was on the clearance table. It took a very long time for any sign of it to appear this past spring - much later than any of my several other Coreopsis, and I was ready to give up. It wasn't until mid-May that I knew for sure that it had returned, and it grew very slowly. By early June it was only about 4 inches tall. Once it got going it was just fine. By June 30, it was about 8 inches tall and had tiny buds, with the first flowers actually appearing July 14. The flowers are a very pretty rose color. It now has lots of flowers, but the plant is floppy like most Threadleaf Coreopsis.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

COREOPSIS Rosea American Dream - Short 8-12" - Plant 14" apart. Deep green, tight foliage. The flowers are a rose pink, and have a cheerful yellow eye. An improved variety that was the Netherlands's 1993 Plant of the Year.

General Information:
Especially free flowering - continuously in bloom from early summer right into fall. Makes a good cut flower with its unusual narrow tapered foliage. They spread readily and can be used in a naturalized planting, on a sunny bank, or in the traditional border. While they attract butterflies, they are deer resistant.

Plant Care:
Needs a nice sunny well drained spot. Very easy to grow. Deadhead with hedge shears after flowering to freshen foliage. Spreads underground, so division every 2-3 may be necessary to contain girth.

Negative sadie_mae On Apr 13, 2006, sadie_mae from Central, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This plant was beautiful at first and got more ragged looking as the summer progressed, even with dead heading and cutting back, was NOT a perennial for me, no sign of it this spring.

Negative uofagirl On May 31, 2004, uofagirl from Orrville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This should not be touted as a perenial. Its definitely a tender perenial, if not an annual. Very pretty @ first, but requires constant deadheading to spent blooms in order to get new ones. I won't be buying it again.


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

Chicago, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Michigan City, Indiana
New Paris, Indiana
Valparaiso, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Silver Spring, Maryland
Swansea, Massachusetts
Owosso, Michigan
Saginaw, Michigan
Williamston, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Columbia, Missouri
Billings, Montana
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Orrville, Ohio
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reading, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
Maryville, Tennessee
Port Townsend, Washington

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