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Coreopsis tinctoria, Golden Tickseed

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Scientific Name: Coreopsis tinctoria
Common Name: Golden Tickseed
Also Called: Calliopsis, Golden Coreopsis, Goldenwave, Plains Coreopsis, Plains Tickseed
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: Coreopsis atkinsoniana, Coreopsis cardaminefolia, Coreopsis similis, Coreopsis stenophylla)
Status: Native
Duration: Annual, biennial or perennial.
Size: Up to 2 feet or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; erect stem from basal rosette, multiple branching.
Leaves: Green; opposite, mostly linear, smooth, pinnately divided into linear lobes, 3 to 4 inches long.
Flower Color: Bright yellow and brown; numerous small radiate heads on slender stalks about an inch wide, 8 yellow ray flowers with notched ends, disk flowers maroon or reddish-brown; fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: June to September, follows monsoon rainfall, may bloom throughout the year.
Elevation: 2,000 to 7,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Various habitat types, meadows, roadsides, disturbed areas, either sandy or clay soils

Recorded Range: Throughout the United States and Canada and northern Mexico. Northern Arizona.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Coreopsis tinctoria.

U.S. Weed Information: Coreopsis tinctoria is listed in Weeds of Nebraska and the Great Plains, and in Weeds of the United States and Canada. Plants included here may become weedy or invasive.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator:Coreopsis tinctoria is listed on the USDA 2012 National Wetland Plant List.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available

Genus Information: 33 species in Coreopsis. 7 species listed as Threatened or Endangered. 3 varieties in Coreopsis tinctoria;
Coreopsis tinctoria var. atkinsoniana, occurs in western North America;
Coreopsis tinctoria var. similis, distribution limited to Texas; and
Coreopsis tinctoria var. tinctoria, same localities as recorded range above.

Comments: Golden Tickseed is native to western and eastern United States and it is interesting that it is considered a weed in the mid-west. It is a common cultivated landscape plant throughout the country under the name Calliopsis.

Golden Tickseed has been used by indigenous people as a ceremonial chant lotion and to make tea. See species account from Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Date Profile Completed: 7/30/2012; Updated, 07/25/2015, updated format 10/10/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database; Integrated Taxonomic Information System, ITIS, Mon Jul 30 2012 11:55:43 MDT,
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles
The Jepson Manual, Citation: Mon Jul 30 11:16:52 2012
John L. Strother, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 21 | Asteraceae | Coreopsis, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 07/30/2012)
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,