Year of the Coreopsis6 months ago -
Uses: Equally, at home in naturalized prairie settings or manicured landscapes, Coreopsis provide a lovely sunny presence wherever they make their home.
Sections: Electra, Anathysana, Tuckermannia, Pugiopappus, Leptosyne, Silphidium, Gyrophyllum, Calliopsis, Eublepharis, Coreopsis, Pseudoagarista
Fun Fact: Unlike its cousins in the Sunflower group (Helianthus, Heliopsis, and Helenium), botanists chose a name with reference to the appearance of the plant’s seed rather than the beauty of its flowers. Hence the common name “Tickseed” which derives from the Greek “koris” meaning bed-bug and “opsis” meaning appearance and referring to the resemblance of the seed.
A Bit of History: Before the introduction of coffee, coreopsis was boiled into teas by North American natives.
Breeders: Danziger, Darwin Perennials, Dümmen Orange, GardenTrends, Hem Genetics, Jung Seed, Kieft Seed, Star Roses and Plants, Syngenta
Source: National Garden Bureau.