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Plains Coreopsis

Coreopsis tinctoria

Annual with many bright flowers and inconspicuous leaves; blooms 1st year in plantings



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Coreopsis tinctoria, commonly called plains coreopsis, is a native biennial forb (wildflower) typically found in rocky glades, sandy ground and along roadsides and along railroad tracks.

Wildlife notes

The flowerheads of Coreopsis spp. provide nectar and pollen to a wide variety of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers, and beetles. The caterpillars of the moths Synchlora aerata (Wavy-Lined Emerald) and Tornos scolopacinarius (Dimorphic Gray) feed on the foliage of Coreopsis spp. and similar plants. Another insect that feeds on the foliage of these species is the leaf beetle, Calligrapha californica, which has been found specifically on Plains Coreopsis.

Forage notes

This plant is occasionally eaten by livestock, but not well.

Landscaping notes

Easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates light shade. Performs well in poor sandy or rocky soils. Tolerant of heat, humidity and some drought. Seeds may be sown indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost date. Set plants out after last frost date. Seed may also be planted outdoors after last frost date. Prompt deadheading of spent flowers may encourage additional bloom and prevents any unwanted self-seeding. Freely self-seeds in optimum conditions. Borders. Naturalize in native wildflower gardens, meadows or prairies. Effective along roads. Good plant for areas with poor, dry soils. Excellent in large plantings.

Restoration notes

Native to the region of the Great Plains in North America. Habitats include sand prairies, rocky glades, areas along railroads, roadsides, and waste areas, particularly where the soil is rather barren.

This species is commonly used in the following mixes: Butterfly & Hummingbird Mix, Wildlife Chuckwagon Mix, Streambank Mix, Shadows & Sunbeams Mix, Prairie Patchwork Mix, Dry’n Rocky Mix, Buck’s Hangout, Wet Meadow Mix

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packets, Ounces, Pounds


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

3 bulk lbs/acre


Dry, Average



Bloom Month

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


Red, Yellow

Specialty Uses

Medicinal, Tea

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.