Coreopsis (a.k.a. Tickseed)

These bright fellas showed up in the naturalized (read: unmown) area of the yard this year. Every spring we throw a bunch of native wildflower seeds back there and wait to see what appears and what propagates itself. It’s a bit of an experiment, and not all that attractive or diverse. Nonetheless, between the prolific asters, burdock, bugleweed and goldenrod, a few of these appeared.

It’s quite pretty, I think.

Today’s species of the week is:IMG_20140705_182152 

Coreopsis spp. (I think this is Plains Coreopsis: Coreopsis tinctora. Correct me if I’m wrong. It is also known as Tickseed.)

Flower petals are two-toned, with bright yellow around the edge and brown-red towards the middle. Coreopsis is native in plains areas, is an annual, and good at reseeding. It is considered very easy to grow, and commonly cultivated as an ornamental. They are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds….and me.

I initially had them mixed up with Gaillardia (they have similar colours), but my mom set me straight!

Other points:

Coreopsis was once used as a source for yellow and red dyes.

It got the name “Tickseed” apparently due to the resemblance of the seeds to ticks.IMG_20140705_182209

My son liked the Coreopsis buds because he thought they looked like basketballs! See the one in the middle of the picture on the right?

Sources:

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=COTI3

http://wildflowerinformation.org/Wildflower.asp?ID=28

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/31/

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Posted on July 24, 2014, in Species of the week, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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