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Tickseed | Plant Profile

Tickseed (Coreopsis rosea) are showy, clump-forming perennials. Small, pink, daisy-like flowers bloom from June to September. Each flower has its own stem. Large numbers of flowers cover the top of the entire plant. Medium green grass-like foliage give the plant a fluffy appearance. The small black seeds resemble ticks which inspired the name.

Tickseed prefers medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun.

‘Tickseed’ are beautiful additions to wildflower gardens or naturalized areas. Their long-lived blooms make them excellent options for pathway borders or outdoor pots.


Tickseed Characteristics

Tickseed are wildflowers that need consistently moist soils with little drought tolerance. Poorly drained soils can also pose problems for these perennials as rots can occur. Deadheading spent flowers can promote new fall blooms and prevent propagation via self seeding. Deadheading can be done by picking off individual flower heads or shearing the entire plant. Shearing will also help to keep the foliage tidy. They may spread by creeping roots that occasionally sprout a new plant. If left unchecked, they can become invasive groundcovers.

There are few serious disease or insect issues that plague Tickseed. Rots can occur in poorly drained soils. Scorch and scarce flowering may occur in dry and hot conditions. The foliage and stems may become matted in areas exposed to heat, humidity, and heavy summer rainfalls. These perennials prefer cool summer climates.



USDA Climate Zone
Zones 3 - 8
1.00 - 2.00'
1.50 - 2.50'
Bloom Time
June - September
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?