Tickseed

Coreopsis rosea 'Sweet Dreams'

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
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Tickseed (Coreopsis rosea 'Sweet Dreams')
kor-ee-OP-sis ROSE-ee-ah
Genus:  Coreopsis
The bicolored, white-tipped and raspberry-centered blooms are large (1 to 1.5 inches across) and long lasting. Flowers cover the mound of grassy foliage for weeks in summer and early fall. This hybrid does not produce seed.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  'Sweet Dreams' can spread rapidly by rhizomes. The blooms are attractive to bees and butterflies.  
Care:  Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. It requires steady moisture. Trim back in late spring to keep plants upright, and again in late summer for fall rebloom. 
Propagation:  Divide in early spring or root basal cuttings in spring.
Problems:  Slugs, snails, bacterial spot, rust, Botrytis flower blight, aster yellows, powdery mildew, downy mildew, and fungal spots.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Roadside
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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