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Grow Native Tall Tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris)

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Dress up the back of your flowerbeds with tall tickseed.  The cheery yellow daisy-like blooms attract pollinators and the seeds that follow bring in the songbirds.

Grow tall tickseed, Coreopsis tripteris, in full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, it is tolerant of drought, heat and humidity. And the deer tend to leave it be.

This particular Coreopsis grows 3 to 8 feet tall. In drier conditions it tends to be shorter, have an open habit and can be somewhat spindly. So surround it with sturdy plants and grasses for extra support.

Hardy in zones 3 to 8 tall tickseed makes a great addition to meadow, cutting and natural gardens. Deadhead the first set of flowers to encourage a second flush of blooms. This long blooming native does self-seed and will form large colonies when growing conditions are right.

A bit more information: The leaves are a great clue to this tickseed’s identity. They are divided into 3 segments. Gently brush the leaves and enjoy the anise fragrance.

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