Coreopsis verticillata (also called Tickseed)
Hardy, deciduous, herbaceous perennial grown for its masses of yellow daisy-like flowers borne from summer to autumn and for its finely cut green foliage. Useful for wildlife gardens, cottage gardens and mixed borders.
There is also a pale creamy yellow variety of this plant, Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam', which is quite lovely.
Coreopsis is attractive to beneficial insects such as bees and hoverflies.
Flowers from summer to autumn.
Habit - upright, bushy. H: 60cm S: 30cm
Stem - slender, straight, smooth, dark green.
Leaves - very finely divided, dark green.
Flowers - daisy-like, bright yellow, eight petals, approx 2.5cm across.
Sun to partial shade.
Light and well drained.
Cut back after first flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers in autumn. Don't feed regularly as this will prompt foliage growth rather than flowers.
When I first planted Coreopsis verticillata I came out one morning to find that all the flower buds, that were just on the verge of opening, had been neatly nipped off. I cannot be not sure, but I strongly suspect it was rabbits.
Divide dormant plants, take basal cuttings, or sow seed in spring.
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