Coreopsis palmata Nutt.
Stiff Tickseed, Stiff Coreopsis, Finger Coreopsis
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: COPA10
As the common name suggests, this is a stiff-stemmed perennial. It bears leaves which have three long, narrow lobes and flowers which are bright-yellow and long-lasting. Each flower head is 2-3 in. across. Each rosette of basal foliage bears only one 1-3 ft. stem, but the rosette gives rise to as many as six offspring per year. Thus, a clump forms in a short period of time. Leaves and stems turn showy red in autumn.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , IA , IL , IN , KS , LA , MI , MN , MO , NE , OK , SD , WI
Native Distribution: MI to LA, w. to e. SD & e. OK
Native Habitat: Open, wooded sites; disturbed prairies; roadsides; rocky ridges
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Light, sandy or gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: Limit the spread of stiff coreopsis by keeping it on light, poor soils.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Easily propagated by division of adult plants in fall or spring. Rhizome cuttings can also be taken. Sow unstratified seed in fall or stratified seed in spring.
Seed Collection: Collect in Oct. and Nov.
Seed Treatment: Dry stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Coreopsis palmata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Coreopsis palmata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Coreopsis palmata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff