Coreopsis is a genus of about 100 species in the family Asteraceae, commonly found in prairies and woodlands of North, Central and South America.
Coreopsis produces vibrant, bright colored and daisy-like flowers that bloom in summer and fall. As they grow, the plants develop individual flowers or flowers arranged in terminal clusters. They are easy to maintain and are ideal for beds, borders, containers and groundcovers. Plant them in masses for a great looking effect!
The genus name was derived from the Greek “koris”, meaning “bedbug” and “opsis”, which means “appearance”, so called from the appearance of the seed because its seeds look like little bed bugs.
The plant is also known as Tickseed, because the seeds slightly resemble ticks.
Coreopsis symbolizes cheerfulness and love.
Interesting facts about Coreopsis
Coreopsis in Florida, USA
Coreopsis is the national wildflowerof Florida, USA since 1991. The flowers were used widely in Florida’s highway beautification programs, which inspired the state legislature to make this designation.
There are 28 different species of Coreopsis found in North America and 13 of these are native to Florida.
Benefits and Uses
The flowers were boiled into teas by the Native Americans. They used this plant to treat rheumatism, diarrhea and abdominal discomforts. It was believed that the plant would protect a person from being hit by lightning.
Several species have been used as dyes.
Coreopsis Plant Data
Although usually yellow in color, these flowers come in different colors including red, orange, pink, maroon, lavender. Bi-colored flowers are also possible.
The different varieties of this plant range in height from 15 cm (6 inches) to 120 cm (4 ft).
Coreopsis will thrive in almost any type of soil that is well drained.