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Growing Coreopsis

Category Perennials
There are over 100 species of coreopsis, most, but not all, are perennials. These colorful, popular garden plants are also know as tickseed and calliopsis. This is a guide about growing coreopsis.
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February 22, 2006
Botanical Name: Coreopsis
Life Cycle: perennial (annual types available)
Planting Time: spring or fall
Height: 1' to 3'
Exposure: full sun
Soil: average to rich, well-drained soil; very drought resistant
Hardiness: zones 3 to 9
Bloom Time: summer
Flower: shades of yellow or gold (some hybrids also red or pink); single or double daisy-like flowers
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds or division in early spring
Suggested Use: beds, borders, mass plantings, cut flowers and dried flowers
Growing Hints: Buy starter plants or sow seeds directly into garden in the summer. Seeds can also be started indoors from 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last spring frost date. If plants start to get leggy and ragged during midsummer heat, cutting them to the ground will reinvigorate them. Divide every 2 to 3 years in the spring. Northern climates should protect roots with mulch over winter.
Interesting Facts: The Coreopsis gets the nickname "Tickseed" due to the fact that its seeds resemble ticks.
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