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Coreopsis

Coreopsis spp.

Coreopsis Plant Features

Amp up the color in your flower borders with coreopsis. This amazing native plant, occasionally called tickseed, develops mass quantities of yellow, orange, rose, lavender, white, or bi-colored flowers through the early summer. Coreopsis is sun-loving, drought-tolerant and highly attractive to hungry butterflies. Most coreopsis varieties grow 18 to 24 inches tall, but dwarf forms that grow only 6-12 inches tall are also available. Use dwarf coreopsis in rock gardens or at the edge of path or walkway. Hardy from zones 4-9.

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Coreopsis Growing Instructions

Plant coreopsis in a sunny spot that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day. Coreopsis prefers a rich, well-drained soil, but will be fine in poorer, drier conditions. To promote additional blooms, deadhead the plants by clipping away faded flowers. Coreopsis is relatively deer resistant and works well in fresh-cut arrangements. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch.

Coreopsis is not intended for human or animal consumption.


  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors

    Orange, Pink, Variegated, White, Yellow

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies
    Deer/rabbit resistant
    Groundcover
    Super-easy to grow


Complement your Coreopsis with these varieties:
Lamb's Ear
The silver foliage of stachys provides a cool contrast to the brighter blooms of coreopsis.

Bee Balm
Planted together bee balm and coreopsis will attract lots of butterflies and other pollinators.

Feather Reed Grass
Native to the American prairie, coreopsis looks perfectly at home interplanted with ornamental grasses such as feather reed grass.


Varieties: Our Favorites

Coreopsis 'Autumn Blush' Autumn Blush

Coreopsis 'Autumn Blush'

Autumn Blush blooms from late spring to early fall, producing large creamy-yellow flowers in summer that develop rich reddish shades in the cooler months. It grows 24 inches tall and 30 inches wide. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis 'Full Moon' Big Bang Full Moon

Coreopsis 'Full Moon'

Showing off large yellow flowers from early summer to autumn, Full Moon attracts butterflies and fills gardens with color. It grows 24 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis 'Redshift' Big Bang Redshift

Coreopsis 'Redshift'

Easy to grow and long flowering (from June to September!), Redshift is a dream in the garden. It offers golden-yellow flowers with a red center in the warmer months and pinkish-red flowers in cooler weather. Redshift grows 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 4-9

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee' Crème Brulee

Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee'

Pretty, slender foliage topped with a nonstop show of bright yellow flowers makes ‘Crème Brulee’ coreopsis a must-have perennial for your border. This easy-care plant grows about 18 inches tall. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis verticillata 'Crème Caramel' Crème Caramel

Coreopsis verticillata 'Crème Caramel'

A top plant in our trials, Crème Caramel blooms on and off all summer long, showing off peachy-orange flowers that attract butterflies. It grows 2 feet tall and wide. Zones 6-9

Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana' Dwarf Coreopsis

Coreopsis auriculata 'Nana'

Good things do come in small packages. Coreopsis ‘Nana’ is a dwarf that grows only 6 to 8 inches tall, but produces big crops of cheery yellow blooms. It’s a great choice for containers. Zones 4-9

Coreopsis 'Desert Coral' Hardy Jewel Desert Coral

Coreopsis 'Desert Coral'

Desert Coral is a showstopper in the garden. It offers a seeming endless display of orange-red flowers from early summer to autumn on tidy plants that grow 10 inches tall and 16 inches wide. Zones 6-10

Coreopsis 'Garnet' Hardy Jewel Garnet

Coreopsis 'Garnet'

Garnet shows off rich pink-red flowers from early summer to autumn on a mounding plant that grows 10 inches tall and 22 inches wide. Zones 7-10

Coreopsis rosea 'Heaven's Gate' Heaven's Gate

Coreopsis rosea 'Heaven's Gate'

Adding pinkish-purple daisy-shaped flowers to the garden all summer, Heaven's Gate grows 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 5-8

Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull' Jethro Tull

Coreopsis 'Jethro Tull'

The fluted, golden-yellow petals of ‘Jethro Tull’ coreopsis are simply sensational. Growing 18 inches tall, this spectacular variety belongs in every sunny border. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis 'Leading Lady Charlize' Leading Lady Charlize

Coreopsis 'Leading Lady Charlize'

Leading Lady Charlize was a top-performing variety in our Trial Garden. It produced soft yellow semidouble flowers all season long -- nonstop! It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-8

Coreopsis 'Leading Lady Sophia' Leading Lady Sophia

Coreopsis 'Leading Lady Sophia'

A standout in our Trial Garden, Leading Lady Sophia shows off butter-yellow blooms all summer long. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-8

Coreopsis 'Starlight' Li’l Bang Starlight

Coreopsis 'Starlight'

If you thought all coreopsis were yellow, think again! ‘Li’l Bang Starlight produces large cream-colored flowers with burgundy centers from summer to fall. The flowers have a tendency to fade to rosy pink in cool weather. ‘Li’l Bang Starlight’ grows 10 inches tall, making it a great candidate for containers or border edges. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis 'Li’l Bang Starstruck' Li’l Bang Starstruck

Coreopsis 'Li’l Bang Starstruck'

Wow! This hybrid coreopsis bears bold red-pink flowers that fade to soft pink at the edges. It flowers nonstop throughout the summer and is loved by butterflies. It grows 15 inches tall and wide. Zones 6-8

Coreopsis 'Enchanted Eve' Li'l Bang Enchanted Eve

Coreopsis 'Enchanted Eve'

Enchanted Eve is a long-blooming hybrid coreopsis that features red-and-yellow flowers from early summer to late summer. It grows 14 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis ‘Red Elf’ Li'l Bang Red Elf

Coreopsis ‘Red Elf’

‘Red Elf’ coreopsis may only grow 12 inches tall, but it puts out a seemingly endless supply of big red flowers with yellow centers. This compact variety works well in containers or along a garden path or walkway where you can enjoy the flowers up close. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis 'Limerock Dream' Limerock Dream

Coreopsis 'Limerock Dream'

A new look for coreopsis, Limerock Dream features flowers in warm shades of apricot, pink, coral, and orange all summer long. It grows 16 inches tall and 30 inches wide. Zones 7-9

Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam' Moonbeam

Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'

An oldie, but a goodie, ‘Moonbeam’ coreopsis has been pleasing gardeners for years with its masses of small, creamy-yellow flowers throughout the summer. It grows 2 feet tall. Zones 3-9

Coreopsis 'Route 66' Route 66

Coreopsis 'Route 66'

Route 66 coreopsis is an easy-care, bicolor variety that features a profusion of red-and-yellow blooms throughout the summer. It grows 2 feet tall and wide. Zones 4-9

Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset' Sienna Sunset

Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset'

With a name like 'Sienna Sunset', you can be this coreopsis is a little different! It shows off peachy-orange flowers from late spring to midsummer. Like other varieties, butterflies love it. It grows 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis 'Solanna Golden Sphere' Solanna Golden Sphere

Coreopsis 'Solanna Golden Sphere'

A little different than most, this variety has fully double flowers that look more like a chrysanthemum and a coreopsis! It's golden-yellow blooms appear from early summer to fall and the plant grows 30 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sun Up' Sun Up

Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sun Up'

Sun Up adds cheer to beds, borders, and containers with its semi-double sunny-yellow flowers from late spring to late summer. It grows 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-9

Coreopsis grandiflora 'SunKiss' SunKiss

Coreopsis grandiflora 'SunKiss'

SunKiss is a selection of a North American native coreopsis species. This variety shows off large single yellow blooms accented with a bold red center. It's loved by bees and butterflies and grows 14 inches tall and 16 inches wide. Zones 4-9

Coreopsis 'Tequila Sunrise' Tequila Sunrise

Coreopsis 'Tequila Sunrise'

A festival of color, ‘Tequila Sunrise’ coreopsis produces quantities of yellow flowers with orange centers over a carpet of variegated green-and-cream foliage. It grows 12 to 18 inches tall. Zones 5-9

Coreopsis 'UpTick Gold & Bronze' UpTick Gold & Bronze

Coreopsis 'UpTick Gold & Bronze'

UpTick Gold & Bronze was an outstanding performer in both our Miami and South Carolina Trial Gardens! It features large golden-yellow flowers with a rich burgundy-red center. UpTick Gold & Bronze grows 14 inches tall and wide. Zones 5-9