- May Benefit & Attract: cardinals & grosbeaks, wrens, sparrows, thrushes, orioles, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, vireos
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
- Hardiness Zone: 2-11
- Mature Height: 2-3' tall
- Mature Width: 1-2' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun
- Spacing: 1-2' apart
Why plant Audubon® Plains Tickseed?
It's electric! Not for the faint of heart, Plains Coreopsis lights up gardens in early to mid-summer with its flashy flowers. The brassy yellow blossoms, each stamped with a maroon bullseye, are borne in such profusion that you can barely see the wispy green foliage underneath. Pollinators love the bold blooms; bees, butterflies, and beneficial wasps, flies, and beetles will eagerly collect their nectar and pollen. When the fiery flowers are spent, finches and sparrows descend to forage on the seeds that follow. Try Plains Coreopsis in mixed borders, cottage gardens, wildflower meadows, cutting gardens, or anyplace you’d like to have a jolt of color.
Most abundant in the Plains states, from North Dakota in the North to Texas in the South, Plains Coreopsis is originally native to that region, but it has naturalized in almost all 50 states. Welcomed into gardens, this easy-to-grow and readily reseeding annual has escaped into the surrounding countryside. In New Mexico, the Zuni people once valued Plains Coreopsis as a dye plant. Its flowers yield a rusty orange dye for coloring textiles. The Zuni also used the plant to brew a special herbal tea that they believed would help child-bearing women have daughters.
How to use Audubon® Plains Tickseed in the landscape?
“Coreopsis” comes from the Greek words for “looks like a bug.” Another common name for Coreopsis is Tickseed. These names actually refer to Beggars Tick, a plant that used to be classified as a Coreopsis. Its seeds have two sharp prongs that enable them to latch on to animal fur, like a tick. Plains Coreopsis also goes by the name “Dyer’s Tickseed,” and in the South, it is called “Calliopsis,” which means “beautiful appearance.”
Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
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Hardiness Zone: 2-11
How To Plant Audubon® Plains Tickseed
Naturalized over most of the U.S., Plains Coreopsis is adaptable and easy to please, only needing full sun and moderate moisture levels. It possesses some drought tolerance, but will grow more lushly and bloom longer with regular water. This is an annual plant, which means that after it goes to seed, it dies. Don’t worry that it will disappear after one season, though, because it will reseed prolifically to provide plants for the next year. Shearing Plains Coreopsis immediately after blooming has finished may encourage the plant to flower again rather than go to seed. Be sure to leave some seeds for self-sowing, however.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.