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Coreopsis
Family Asteraceae
Name Coreopsis Spp.
Featured Plant August 2006
Etymology
Coreopsis From Greek koris meaning bed bug, and Greek -opsis meaning resembles, referring to the seeds that look like bed bugs.

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Coreopsis grandiflora
Coreopsis tinctoria - Golden
Coreopsis tinctoria - Dwarf Red
  See also:  Composite Flowers, Culture / Germination
  Buy seeds:  Seeds - Annuals, Biennials and Perennials

Coreopsis is drought tolerant and will do fine in poor soils. The leaves only grow to 30cm and the flowers are borne on 60cm stems. Use it as a ground cover for dry areas such as banks or plant it next to paths. A very hardy plant, this coreopsis will grow pretty much anywhere in New Zealand.

 Coreopsis grandiflora


Flower
Name Coreopsis grandiflora
Common Names Large flowered coreopsis, Tickseed, Butter daisy
Etymology
grandiflora From Latin grandis meaning great, and Latin flora meaning flowers.

Coreopsis grandiflora is native perennial wildflower of North America. In Spring/Summer, it produces masses of butter yellow 2 inch flowers and will bloom all Summer long if dead headed. If planted in warmer regions, it will continue to grow a few flowers even in Winter! The bright yellow flowers certainly cheers up dull spots in the garden.

In the first year, it seemingly grows very little. This is an important time for the plant as it grows roots to establish itself. In the second year, it will grow very quickly and flower. The leaves only grow to 30cm and the flowers are borne on 60cm stems. Use it as a ground cover for dry areas such as banks or plant it next to paths.



Flower

Flower

 Coreopsis tinctoria - Golden


Flower
Name Coreopsis tinctoria
Common Name Tickseed
Etymology
tinctoria From Latin tinctus meaning to dye.

This dwarf annual reaches only 40cm. It is suitable for the front of the border or container culture. The flowers are golden yellow with a red blotch in the middle.



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Flowers

Flowers

Unusual Yellow Form

Unusual Yellow Form

 Coreopsis tinctoria - Dwarf Red


Flower
Name Coreopsis tinctoria
Common Name Tickseed
Etymology
tinctoria From Latin tinctus meaning to dye.

This annual has a compact growth habbit and only reaches 30-40cm. Like the golden variety, it is suitable for the front of the border or container culture. Masses of brick red flowers cover the plant in the Summer.



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Flowers

Unusual Spekled Flowers

Unusual Spekled Flowers

Unusual Spekled Flowers

Unusual Spekled Flowers

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