Tickseed, Golden Wave (Coreopsis basalis) - 100 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•Sow in Spring or Fall
Native to the southern United States, this cheery, yellow wildflower will brighten any garden as an annual. This plant is also popular for butterfly gardens because it is showy and it is a food source for pollinators. This bright annual, also known as Dye Flower, was once used by Native Americans for making yellow and orange dyes. Hardiness and love of dry soil make this flower in this family especially valuable to citizens in the state of Florida who appointed Coreopsis as their official state wildflower in 1991.
Direct sow in late fall planting the seeds just below the surface of the soil. They need light to germinate, so ensure that you don't sow them too deep. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 30 days before direct sowing. The cold treatment is needed to break the dormancy of the seeds. Keep the soil evenly moist until germination which should occur around 2 weeks. The cold treated seeds can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of the spring. Plant the seeds on the surface of a flat and keep the soil temperature around 65°. Transplant the seedlings. Water occasionally until they become established. Once mature, they prefer dry conditions and tolerate drought well.