Common Name: tickseed
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: Yellow with orange center disk
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerant of heat, humidity and some drought. ‘Sunshine Superman’ may be grown and or propagated from seed, and may self-seed in the garden. Plants of this new variety are not reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5.
Coreopsis pubescens, commonly known as star tickseed, is an upright, yellow-flowered coreopsis that grows to 2-4’ tall and is native to dry woods and slopes from Kansas to Virginia south to Florida and Texas. In Missouri, plants are typically found in rocky open woods, wooded bluff bases, gravelly areas along streams, alluvial thickets and along railroads (Steyermark) in the southern half of the State (south of Missouri River). ‘Sunshine Superman’ is a compact variety that only grows to 10-12” tall. Yellow daisy-like flowers (to 1” diameter) with notched yellow rays and orange center disks bloom profusely from June to September. Lance-shaped, medium green leaves form a somewhat bushy foliage mound. Both stems and leaves are downy as suggested by the specific epithet. Plants in the genus Coreopsis are sometimes commonly called tickseed in reference to the resemblance of the seeds to ticks. The “star” part of the common name for this coreopsis is in reference to the spreading, star-like, involucre bracts that subtend each flower.
No serious insect or disease problems. Crown rot may occur if grown in moist, poorly drained soils.
Border fronts. Sidewalk edgings. Also effective in naturalized areas, wild gardens or cottage gardens. Good plant for areas with poor, dry soils. Patio containers.