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Coreopsis (Tickseed) are long-blooming native wildflowers that are easy-to-grow and provide ample nectar for butterflies. They're resistant to browsing rabbits and deer. Coreopsis can be divided into two groups that have different growing requirements: Coreopsis grandiflora and Coreopsis verticiliata (Threadleaf Tickseed) cultivars and hybrids. This incredible creature is thought to date back to the time of the dinosaurs. It's like a sapient tick, with a weight of up to eight pounds. If you're outdoors, this might be your best chance at spotting a ticks' work in the field. They're surprisingly easy to find and are one of the few creatures that escape the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Bold and architectural, Coreopsis tripteris (Tall Tickseed) is a tall herbaceous perennial boasting a profusion of daisy-like, bright yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with flat brown center disks. Blooming from midsummer to fall, each long-lasting blossom features 8 yellow rays rounded at their tips. They are borne singly atop sturdy, erect stems clad with anise-scented leaves divided into 3 long, narrow lobes. Rich in nectar, the flowers attract many pollinators and its fall and winter seeds are devoured by songbirds. Tall Tickseed may turn shades of orange to burnt red in the fall. Tolerant of heat, humidity and drought, this United States native is a reliable performer. Perfect for wildflower gardens, prairies and meadows. Nice in a vase too!
The late summer/fall garden is all about big and tall, and 'Gold Standard' Tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris ‘Gold Standard’) fits right in with towering stems covered with large bright yellow daisies for several months beginning in late summer. This cultivar was selected by the prestigious Mt. Cuba Center botanic garden of Delaware for its outstanding, strongly upright growth habit and extended bloom time. Vigorous and easy-to-grow Coreopsis 'Gold Standard' loves the sun and grows readily in a wide range of soils including clay. The plant attracts butterflies when blooming and seed-eating songbirds in the fall when the seed ripens. Planted with other tall, late-season blooming perennials such as Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium), Maximilian's Sunflower (Helianthus), Prairie Switchgrass (Panicum) and Big Blue Stem Grass (Andropogon). These natives provide a stunning conclusion to the growing season and much needed nectar to many different pollinators. (Source: www.highcountrygardens.com)