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Lanceleaf Tickseed, Coreopsis lanceolata

Lanceleaf Tickseed, Coreopsis lanceolata

PriceFrom $5.00

•Status in Florida: Native

•Size at Maturity: Varies depending on species and cultivar. Typically ranges from 1 to 3 feet in height and spreads up to 2 feet.

•Phenology: Tickseed encompasses several species within the Coreopsis genus, including both annual and perennial varieties. They are characterized by their bright, daisy-like flowers in shades of yellow, orange, and red.

•Life Cycle: Annual or perennial, depending on the species and cultivar.

•Bloom Season: Tickseed typically blooms from spring to fall, with peak flowering occurring in late spring to early summer.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade

•Soil Texture: Well-drained sandy or loamy soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range of soil pH levels, but generally prefers slightly acidic to neutral soils (pH 6.0-7.0)

•Moisture Requirements: Moderate moisture; drought-tolerant once established

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Tickseed is versatile and suitable for various landscape applications, including borders, mass plantings, and wildflower gardens. It adds vibrant color and attracts pollinators to the garden.

•Maintenance Tips: Tickseed is relatively low-maintenance and requires little pruning. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage prolonged blooming and prevent self-seeding in some varieties. Perennial varieties may benefit from division every few years to rejuvenate growth.

•Considerations: Some species of Tickseed can self-seed readily and may become aggressive in the garden. Consider planting non-invasive cultivars or be prepared to manage self-seeding if necessary.

•Edible: Tickseed is not commonly consumed as a food source.

•Medicinal Uses: Tickseed has limited documented medicinal uses, but some Native American tribes used certain species for medicinal purposes, including treating skin ailments and fevers.

•Toxicity to Pets: Tickseed is not known to be toxic to pets.

•Florida Native Companion Plant: Tickseed pairs well with other native wildflowers and grasses, such as blanketflower (Gaillardia pulchella) and muhly grass (Muhlenbergia spp.).

•Wildlife Benefit: Tickseed flowers attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hoverflies, contributing to overall garden biodiversity.

  • Plant Conditions

    Sun: Full sun
    Size: 1.5’ to 3’ tall and .5 to 1.5’ wide
    pH: Adaptable
    Soil: Clay, loam, sand
    Salt Tolerance:  Low/none
    Drought Tolerance: High
    Native Status:  Native
    Bloom Season: Most of the year
    Bloom Color: Yellow
    Life Span: Annual to short lived perennial 
    Growth Habit: Self seeds and can become weedy
    Host: Unknown
    Nectar: Yes
    Wildlife Benefit: Honey bees, native bees, small butterflies and wasps 
    Propagation:  By seed or dividing the basal rosettes. 

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