Other names: tickseed, stiff tickseed,
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
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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
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