Coreopsis tinctoria Nutt.

Golden Tickseed, Painted Tickseed, Plains Coreopsis

Family: Compositae

Genus: Coreopsis

Category: Annual

Size: To 4' tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Bright yellow, daisy-like flowers with red centers, 1 to 2' diameter. Leaves opposite, deeply divided. Tolerates light shade. Germinates in late summer to autumn and overwinters as a rosette. Self-sows easily.


Published in J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 2: 114 in 1821.

Native to the US, Canada and Mexico.

Introduced by Thomas Nuttall after a journey through Arkansas in 1819. He took back seeds which were sent to nurserymen in the US and England. It was known as Nuttall's Weed or Calliopsis. There is a specimen in the Lewis and Clark Herbarium which is though to be Coreopsis tinctoria.


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