A gorgeous native to Eastern North America, Coreopsis tinctoria is easy to grow anywhere with full sun or partial shade. Even in poor soil each plant bears hundreds of ornate flowers in robust 2 to 3 foot tall and wide tufts. Indigenous people have dyed textiles yellow and red with these abundant blossoms for millennia, as well as enjoying the plant as both food and medicine. An annual, Coreopsis tinctoria readily self-sows without becoming a nuisance. Though it is remarkably drought-tolerant, well-watered plants offer the most abundant blooms. We have heard that two dozen plants will yield enough blossoms to dye one pound of wool or silk. Fresh or dry flowers are equally effective as dye.
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When to sow: 4 weeks before last frost (indoors, Transplant Only)
Sow 2 seeds per cell or soil block (thin to strongest 1), keeping soil surface moist until emergence. When seedlings have true leaves, transplant into larger containers. Harden off (reduce temperature and water 3-5 days) and transplant out after frost.
Seed Depth: barely cover
Days to Germination: 7-10 Full/Partial Sun
Plant spacing after transplanting: 12 inches
Days to Harvest: 65 Height: 2-3 feet