Coreopsis (Tickseed; Calliopsis)

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!

Name meaning:

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 symbolism:

Coreopsis symbolizes cheerfulness and love.


Interesting facts about Coreopsis:

Coreopsis in Florida, USA

Coreopsis is the national wildflower of 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.

 

Plant Type:

Annuals, Perennials

Color:

Although usually yellow in color, these flowers come in different colors including red, orange, pink, maroon, lavender. Bi-colored flowers are also possible.