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Coreopsis tinctoria

Coreopsis tinctoria
plains coreopsis; calliopsis
2011 strain, offset by amaranth
Coreopsis tinctoria

Common name plains coreopsis; calliopsis
Family asteraceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers yellow-red-brown (summer)
Size 1-3'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed Germinate at room temperature. Self-seeds in our garden.
detailed seed-starting info below

We first acquired this charming annual by sowing a "wildflower mix" in our garden many years ago. The offspring from those originals kept returning for years, its colors always a bit of a surprise (one of my favorites was a solid burnt-red one). The yellow-and-brown combination is its natural form, and most of the plants reverted to those colors after a few cycles. We found that the plants often flop over, and therefore mingle with other plants (in this case of the photo above, a St. John's wort). Although you can fuss at its untidy habit, it sometimes makes for cool, unexpected combinations. Eventually, our original strain failed to return, so recently I re-established them from traded seed. Same basic color scheme, but the plants grew taller (as high as 4 ft), and stayed upright. We'll see if these likewise make themselves at home for a few years to come.

plains coreopsis; calliopsis
Usually looking its best in somewhat messy combinations, the coreopsis is here surrounded by amaranth, lamb's ears, oregano, Phlomis russeliana, and a few other wild things.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from a trade several years ago. Baggy 70F (64%G, 4-7d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (good G, 4-11d)

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