Coreopsis tinctoria, Plains Coreopsis


Historical Uses: The Cherokee tribe was reported to use C. tinctoria as an antidiarrheal. The Lakota made teas with leaves and the Navajo used them for ceremonial purposes. The Cherokee, Lakota, and Zuni used them to create dyes.


C. tinctoria is a classic prairie wildflower and has seen much cultivation. The nectar is attractive to bees, butterflies, and other insects while the seeds are tasty snacks for some birds. They are great for the restoration of moist areas and gardens too!

  • Listing ID: 1118
  • Duration: Annual/Short-lived Perennial
  • Soil Moisture: 1-5 (dry to wet): 3-4
  • Stratification: No stratification required
  • Bloom Time: April-Jun
  • Family: Asteraceae (Aster)
  • Sunlight Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
  • Latin Name: Coreopsis tinctoria
  • Common Name: Plains Coreopsis
  • Eco-Region: 255