Coreopsis Cultivars: What Are Some Common Varieties Of Coreopsis

Coreopsis Cultivars: What Are Some Common Varieties Of Coreopsis

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

It’s great to have several coreopsis plant varieties in your garden, as the beautiful, brightly colored plants (also known as tickseed) are easy to get along with, producing long-lasting blooms that attract bees and butterflies throughout the season.

Coreopsis Plant Varieties

There are many types of coreopsis, available in shades of gold or yellow, as well as orange, pink and red. Approximately 10 varieties of coreopsis are native to North and South America, and an estimated 33 coreopsis cultivars hale from the United States.

Some types of coreopsis are annual, but many coreopsis cultivars are perennial in warmer climates. Here are a few of the all-time favorite varieties of coreopsis:

  • Coreopsis grandiflora – Hardy to USDA zones 3-8, the blooms of this coreopsis are golden yellow and the plant grows to about 30 inches (76 cm.) tall.
  • Garnet – This pinkish-red coreopsis plant may overwinter in warmer climates. It’s a smaller variety, reaching about 8 to 10 inches (20-25 cm.) tall.
  • Crème Brule – Crème Brule is a yellow blooming coreopsis typically hardy to zones 5-9. This one tops out at around 12 to 18 inches (30-46 cm.).
  • Strawberry Punch – Another coreopsis plant that may overwinter in warmer climates. Its deep rosy pink flowers stand out and the smaller size, 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm.), makes it great in the garden border.
  • Little Penny – With attractive coppery tones, this warm climate variety is also shorter in stature at a mere 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm.).
  • Domino – Hardy in zones 4-9, this coreopsis features gold blooms with maroon centers. A somewhat taller specimen, it reaches a mature height of 12 to 18 inches (30-46 cm.).
  • Mango Punch – This coreopsis is usually grown as an annual. Another small variety at 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm.), it produces orange flowers having a reddish tinge.
  • Citrine – The bright yellow blooms of this little coreopsis may reappear in warmer regions. This is one of the smaller varieties available at only 5 inches (13 cm.) tall.
  • Early Sunrise – This taller type exhibits bright golden-yellow blooms and reaches 15 inches (38 cm.) in height. It is hardy in zones 4-9.
  • Pineapple Pie – Overwintering in warmer climates, Pineapple Pie coreopsis produces attractive gold flowers with deep red centers. Enjoy this low growing beauty, 5 to 8 inches (13-20 cm.), in front borders and beds.
  • Pumpkin Pie – No, it’s not the kind you eat but this golden-orange coreopsis plant is prone to returning to the garden each year in warmer climates, so you can enjoy it again and again. It, too, is a short grower at 5 to 8 inches (13-20 cm.) tall.
  • Lanceleaf – This bright yellow coreopsis plant tops out at about 24 inches (61 cm.). Hardy to zones 3-8, it makes a lovely addition to nearly any landscape setting.
  • Rum Punch – With a tasty sounding name like Rum Punch, this attractive coreopsis doesn’t disappoint. Producing pinkish-red blooms on tall 18-inch (46 cm.) plants, this one is a definite must have and may even overwinter in warmer areas.
  • Limerock Dream – Grown as an annual in most climates, you’ll love this little 5-inch (13 cm.) coreopsis. The plant features beautiful two-tone blooms of apricot and pink.
  • Pink Lemonade – Another exceptional coreopsis variety prone to wintering over in warmer climates, Pink Lemonade produces bright pink blooms on plants topping out at around 12 to 18 inches (30-46 cm.).
  • Cranberry Ice – This coreopsis is hardy to zones 6-11 and reaches heights of around 8 to 10 inches (20-25 cm.). It features deep pink blooms with white fringe.

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