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Coreopsis rosea (Pink tickseed)
Cressler, Alan

Coreopsis rosea

Coreopsis rosea Nutt.

Pink Tickseed, Rose Coreopsis, Pink Coreopsis

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Pink tickseed or rose coreopsis is a fine-textured, mounded plant, 1-2 ft. tall and twice as wide. Erect leafy stems, simple or much-branched, arise from creeping rhizomes and bear bright-green, linear foliage and numerous tiny, pink-rayed flowers with yellow centers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Inflorescence: Head
Size Notes: 9 inches to 2 feet high
Leaf: green
Flower: Flower 1 inch across
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Blooms rather inconspicuous, scattered among the leaves


USA: DE , GA , MA , MD , NJ , NY , PA , RI , SC
Canada: NS
Native Distribution: N.S. & e. MA to Long Island & NJ
Native Habitat: Damp, sandy to peaty shores & depressions

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Drought Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Moist, sandy, acid soils.


Use Ornamental: Grown for its fine, dense, green foliage and scattered flowers.
Use Wildlife: Birds eat the seeds.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Birds


Propagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
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

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
United States Botanic Garden - Washington, DC


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-06-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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