Tickseed, also known as Lance-leaved Coreopsis or Calliopsis is an erect drought tolerant perennial, that will also do equally well with moisture, as long as it is not planted in areas where water puddles in the spring, as these plants may die if their roots are in too much water. The flowers are a bright yellow with the petals having a toothed tip & each is on a single stem. The germination is 20-30 days @ at a temperature of 65-70 degrees F. Plant indoors in February; germination time is 2-4 weeks. They can also be sown outdoors in early spring & will bloom in the first year. Transplant 12 in. apart. These flowers are lovely in gardens & meadows, & on slopes. They do well in raised beds, & the leaves make good ground cover.
There are many species of tickseed, but the following are 3 of the best.
Lance Tickseed: 4-6 in. tall. Bright yellow with burgundy centres, compact & a long bloomer. The root is used of a flavor infusion for a Korean drink call Duduk.
Threadleaf Tickseed: Moonbeam- 15-24 in. tall. Icy yellow, with a light scent, disease resistant, with a longer blooming period.
Zagreb- 15 in. tall. Masses of golden yellow blooms, fuller & more compact. The longest bloomer, it blooms from late spring to fall.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see your tickseed emerge in the early spring, as it is slow to emerge. It will grow equally well in good or poor soil & will grow in sun or light shade. It does not usually need dividing, but if you do choose to, use a sharp knife to divide the root ball into 2-3 pieces, making sure each has a growing point and adequate roots. The tickseed is a very tough plant & makes a lovely cut flower, lasting 7-10 days after cutting. Make this lovely yellow flower part of your perennial bed, they are rarely troubled by pests & easy to grow.
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