COREOPSIS (Tickseed)

Mexico, N & C America

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B4 Baytree Corner - Coreopsis and trunk of fallen Damson, probably 2003

 

Shiny buds of Coreopsis open into YELLOW flowers that bloom from summer into late autumn & are much visited by bees.  This  low maintenance plant needs only regular deadheading to keep its flowers blooming into late November.

As an easy-to-grow perennial. this plant makes a wonderful addition to a pollinator garden…  can be incorporated in any wildflower garden, particularly as a border plant. It tolerates dry & poor soils & hot weather…

Coreopsis can be purchased at most garden centers, but be sure that the plants were not treated with systemic pesticides, which will have devastating impacts on pollinators. It is easily grown from seed & once established can be divided in spring. It will readily self-seed.   Threadleaf Coreopsis : Plants for Pollinators / Mozilla Firefox /Powered by Weebly “

Our first Coreopsis grew in the crook of the fallen Damson trunk. Its flowers glowed in the sunshine. At left is our best photo of that plant, taken before the digital camera.

A taller yellow Coreopsis in my mother’s garden drew finches and sparrows in Autumn to feast on its seeds.

In 2016 the vivid RED Coreopsis at top, ‘Limerock Ruby’ from Camden Garden Centre, brightened our garden. The flowers were small, as were the pollinators who came to visit it. We are advised to shear it back after its first flowering; it may be best to treat it as an annual.

Bee’s Favourite

“Beekeepers consider all Coreopsis species to be good honey sources. In the past, some American Indian tribes applied boiled Coreopsis seeds to painful areas of their bodies in order to relieve ailments such as rheumatism.” The common name is shared by a wide range of plants who have seeds that easily attach to skin or clothing of passersby.”   Wisconsin Pollinators

 

Coreopsis August 2021

This yellow Coreopsis came from the Hornsey Pet and Garden Centre in Crouch End, a late addition to the garden. ‘It will extend the season’… And so it has, with a few bright yellow flowers still on show here in mid-November…