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Picture of 'Moonbeam' coreopsis plants.

Picture of 'Moonbeam' coreopsis plants.

David Beaulieu

Taxonomy of Moonbeam Coreopsis:

Taxonomy classifies Moonbeam coreopsis plants as Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam,' the latter term being the cultivar name. The common name for this genus is "tickseed."

Plant Type:

Moonbeam coreopsis plants are classified as herbaceous perennials.

Characteristics:

Moonbeam coreopsis plants are one of the threadleaf varieties. Reaching 2 feet tall, these perennials bear clusters of light yellow, daisy-like blooms. The pale color of the blossoms probably accounts for the cultivar name. This bushy plant is valued for its long blooming period.

Planting Zones:

Moonbeam coreopsis flowers can be grown in planting zones 3-9. The genus is indigenous to North America.

Sun and Soil Requirements for Moonbeam Coreopsis Plants:

Moonbeam coreopsis flowers prefer full sun and a well-drained soil. Once established, they are drought-tolerant perennials.

Caveat in Growing Moonbeam Coreopsis Plants:

This perennial reputedly can be somewhat invasive in some regions and under certain conditions.

Uses for Moonbeam Coreopsis Plants in Landscape Design:

The plants are popular in border plantings. Their drought tolerance makes them candidates for rock gardens (if you need tall plants somewhere). The fact that they are long-blooming perennials makes them useful for injecting color into the landscape. They are also plants that attract butterflies.

Care for Moonbeam Coreopsis Flowers:

Extend the blooming period for Moonbeam coreopsis flowers through deadheading. Gardeners often perform this operation on plants by pinching with their fingertips. "However," as Marie Iannotti notes, "the profusion of delicate blooms can make deadheading a nightmare. An easier solution is to simply wait until the first flush of bloom wanes and sheer the entire plant back. It will recover quickly." Indeed, this is how I deadhead my own tickseed flowers.

More on "Tickseed" Flowers:

The word, "coreopsis," which is the scientific name for the flower, derives from the Greek for "bug-like," due to the resemblance that coreopsis seeds bear to ticks. Again, "tickseed" is the common name for coreopsis. But this is a case where the scientific name (coreopsis) is more commonly used than the common name (tickseed). Thus, for practical purposes, the scientific name has become the common name. Perhaps this is because retailers feel consumers would shun a plant associated (even if only in name) with ticks, some of which bear Lyme disease. After spending time, energy and money spraying to kill ticks, I might, as a consumer, be put off by the name, "tickseed" -- even if only subconsciously.

Or it could be that, as scientific names go, "coreopsis" has a rather melodious ring to it.

There are other types of coreopsis, giving you a variety of options in terms of the color palette. For example, C. rosea 'Nana' is a dwarf with pink blooms, 'Mango Punch' is orange, and 'Ruby Frost' is red.

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