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PlantFiles: Goldmane Tickseed
Coreopsis basalis

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coreopsis (kor-ee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: basalis (BAS-al-liss) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Mar_isa On May 9, 2009, Mar_isa from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hellow neighbor!

In 2007, San Antonio was covered with these flowers. It was a very wet year and the vision of the yellow fields was incredible, if you remember. I stopped in one of the fields and walked surrounded by multitude of butterflies and bees too busy to worry about me. I took so many photos of them. These last two years, flowers were scarce and so the beloved butterflies and bees. I am anxiously waiting for another wet year.

A note to add is that Native Americans from this area used this plant as dye.

Positive htop On Jul 24, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another common name for goldmane tickseed is dye flower. It is a native an annual wildflower that is found in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and the eastern half of Texas growing on open ground in praires and meadows. The species thrives on disturbed land that is sandy and well drained. It is drought tolerant.

A dwarf, erect, multi-stemmed, bushy and compact coreopsis, It attains a height of between 8 to 29 inches and has small, deeply cut linear leaves. From April to August, masses of fragrant bright yellow flowers with reddish brown eyes are produced. It requires full sun, or close to it, in order to produce its maximum amount of blooms. It self-seeds and is easy to transplant if it shows up where one doesn't want it or deadhead it to keep it under control. It looks great in cultivated gardens that have well drined soil and it attracts the giant swallowtail butterfly.


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

Sarasota, Florida
Zebulon, North Carolina
Sullivans Island, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Bastrop, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Spring Branch, Texas

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