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Coreopsis major

Common Name(s):
Greater tickseed, Wood tickseed
Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers

Coreopsis major is commonly called greater tickseed or greater coreopsis in recognition of its large (for coreopsis) flowers and tall stems. A somewhat common wildflower native to fields, open woodlands, thickets, and roadsides in the mid-eastern to the southeastern U.S.

It is best naturalized in native wildflower gardens, meadows or prairies. Good plant for areas with poor, dry soils. Effective in borders, but self-seeding tendencies must be kept in check.

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont

Seasons of Interest: 

   Blooms:  Summer            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Late summer

Wildlife Value:   This plant is highly resistant to damage from deer.  Its flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.  Songbirds eat the seeds.

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems:  This plant Tends to sprawl, particularly if grown in moist and/or fertile soils. Crown rot may occur if grown in moist, poorly drained soils.

Summer to early fall
Sun, part shade
18-36 in.
Tends to sprawl
USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9
Wood tickweed has opposite, tripartite (three leaflets), sessile lower mid-stem leaves are paired along the stems giving the appearance of being in whorls of 6 leaves. Smaller upper leaves are entire. The edges are not toothed and may be slightly wavy. The leaves are stalkless. This plant appears to have a whorl of six leaves. The stem and leaves have fine hairs.
Wood tickweed features large, daisy-like flowers (2" diameter) with bright yellow rays and yellow (infrequently with a reddish tinge) center disks. The flowers have seven or more bright yellow petals. Untoothed ray flowers are pointed at the tips. The tips of petals are normally not notched. Flowers appear in loose clusters from late spring to late summer on erect, branching-at-the-top stems typically rising 2-3' (less frequently to 4') tall. The outer bracts are narrow.
Wood tickweed is easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. It thrives in poor, sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. It is tolerant of heat, humidity, and drought. Prompt deadheading of spent flower stalks encourages additional bloom and prevents any unwanted self-seeding. It will spread by stolons and self-seeding and will naturalize over time, but is not considered to be invasive. Plants may be cut back hard in summer if foliage sprawls or becomes unkempt. If grown in borders, division may be needed every 2-3 years to maintain robustness.
Stolons and self seeding
Full sun to partial shade
Life Cycle:
cpp, showy flowers, fall bloom fall interest, herb, wildflower, songbirds, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 2537