Prairie Coreopsis



Other names: tickseed, stiff tickseed, stiff coreopsis

Blooming time: June through July

Height: 1-3 ft.

Stems and Leaves: Coreopsis has many alternate, simple leaves, each 2-3 inches long growing along a stiff stem.. Stiff leaves are attached by the base. Each leaf has three long, narrow lobes, giving it the appearance of a crow's foot.

Flowers and Fruit: Each plant has relatively few bright yellow flower heads each 1-2 inches across. Rays are 6-10 in number and each one is generally tipped with three teeth.

Interesting facts: Coreopsis, from the Greek, means "having the appearance of a bug". Because of the buglike shape of the seeds, like a tick, it also has the name tickseed. It belongs to the daisy family. Meskawaki boiled the seeds and drank the brew. Some tribes made a poultice of the boiled seeds to relieve painful ailments such as rheumatism. Some species were used as dye plants. Beekeepers consider coreopsis to be good sources of honey.

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Page last updated March 23, 2015
Text resources: Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie- The Upper Midwest, Sylvan T. Runkel and Dean M. Roosa;
A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Northeastern and North-central North America, Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny
Photos by Barb McGee -