Star Tickseed Coreopsis pubescens 'Sunshine Superman'
This powerhouse bloomer flowers from early summer into October covering its soft green foliage and rounded, spreading form with masses of yellow-orange color. Neither heat or mildew seems to phase this performer that loves to be grouped and always has a flock of butterflies nearby.
Butterflies are drawn by its nectar
Small birds like finches love to eat its seeds
Drought tolerant once established
Loves to be grouped in sunny gardens
Map Credit: The Biota of North America MAP KEY: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Butterflies use their tarsi or "feet" as taste receptors. When they contact sweet liquids such as nectar butterflies extend their proboscis to eat the nectar sensed by the taste receptors.
Grow in full sun or part shade and average to dry soil. Very tolerant of a wide variety of conditions and quite drought tolerant once established. Cut back spent flowers for more prolific reblooming.Plants are somewhat short-lived and self-seeding helps perpetuate a good planting in the garden. Plants may be cut back hard in summer if foliage sprawls or becomes unkempt.