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Coreopsis gigantea (Giant coreopsis)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Coreopsis gigantea

Coreopsis gigantea (Kellogg) H.M. Hall

Giant Coreopsis, Giant Tickseed, Tree Coreopsis

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Leptosyne gigantea, Tuckermannia gigantea


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Giant tickseed or giant coreopsis produces its bright-green, finely cut, ferny leaves on a stout, erect, fleshy "trunk" that grows 6-8 ft. in height. Resembles a small tree, with a soft, woody stem that branches near the top, where feathery leaves grow and large yellow flower heads bloom in clusters at the ends of long leafless stalks. The 3 in., yellow daisies, with coarsely toothed petals, are surrounded by deep-green bracts.

Another species, Sea Dahlia (C. maritima), stout but not woody, with heads borne singly on stalks, grows in coastal San Diego County. It is not a true Dahlia, a popular ornamental developed from wildflowers (species of Dahlia) found in the mountains of Mexico.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall, often much shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


Native Distribution: San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles Cos. & most of the Channel Islands, CA
Native Habitat: Rocky sea cliffs & exposed dunes to 150 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained sands.
Conditions Comments: As the flower heads go to seed, the plants tend to look untidy. Flower heads can be cut off. In dry summers, tree coreopsis looses its leaves, leaving only bare, green stems. Very drought-tolerant.


Description: Easily grown from seed. Mature plants may be increased by division.
Seed Treatment: Seeds of this genus generally germinate without pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR


Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Coreopsis gigantea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Coreopsis gigantea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Coreopsis gigantea


Record Modified: 2022-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff

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