Photo: Coreopsis 'Early Sunrise'

Photo: Coreopsis 'Early Sunrise'
Photo: Coreopsis 'Early Sunrise'

General description

Also known as Tickseed. Plants form a low mound of leathery green leaves, bearing many upright stems of large golden-yellow semi-double daisy flowers for many weeks, starting in early summer. Removing faded flowers regularly will encourage blooming to continue into the fall. This is a medium-sized selection that will not get overly tall or floppy. Plants are easily divided in early spring, and this should be done every 2 to 3 years. Tolerant of hot, humid summer climates. Excellent for borders, as well as in containers. Attractive to butterflies. Species is native to the southern USA.

  • Flower Colour - Yellow
  • Blooming Time - Early Summer thru Early Fall
  • Foliage Color - Deep Green
  • Flower Head Size - Medium
  • Height - 45-60 cm / 18-23 inches
  • Spread - 25-30 cm / 10-12 inches
  • Foot Traffic - None
  • Growth Rate - Medium 

Plant requirements

  • Sun Exposure - Full Sun
  • Soil Type - Normal, Sandy or Clay
  • Soil pH - Neutral, Alkaline or Acid
  • Soil Moisture - Average or Moist
  • USDA Zone- 4-9
  • Spacing - 12"


  • Care Level - Easy
  • Water the young plants, giving them half an inch of water twice a week for two to four weeks until they are established. 
After this point, they only need water during prolonged dry periods.
  • Deadhead the flowers every day while they are blooming. 
This will keep the plants blooming throughout the summer. Cut the plants back in midsummer if they become leggy.
  • Cut the plants back almost entirely to the ground in the late summer or early fall.
  • Divide the plants every three years in the early spring to promote new growth and to further harden the plant against cold temperatures.

Practical use

  • Accent: Good Texture/Form
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Border
  • Containers
  • Cut Flower
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Massed


6 - 10 cm
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Full sun
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Well-drained, Moist but well-drained