Definition of coreopsis in US English:



  • A plant of the daisy family, which is cultivated for its rayed, typically yellow, flowers.

    Genus Coreopsis, family Compositae

    Also called tickseed
    • ‘Pink and purple penstemons decorate the outer edges of this sunny bed, with coreopsis and yarrow filling the spaces in between.’
    • ‘We finally turned into the entrance of Pirip's compound, a narrow dirt lane bordered by patterns of black stones, scarlet hibiscus, and golden coreopsis.’
    • ‘Goldfinches also feed on the seed of goldenrod, coreopsis, cosmos, zinnias, dandelions and other weedy plants.’
    • ‘Tuck summer bloomers like purple verbena, yellow daisylike helianthus, purple coneflower, and coreopsis behind it.’
    • ‘I love rudbeckias of all sizes, shastas similarly, colourful chrysanthemums and coreopsis, marguerites, ox-eyes, osteospermums; the list is almost endless.’
    • ‘The color scheme is rich yellow and dark red, from plants such as coreopsis, creeping zinnia, ‘Garnet’ penstemon, pineapple sage, rudbeckia, and yarrow.’
    • ‘But eventually they found their specialty after tireless experimenting and taking risks - flowers ranging from native Texas' coreopsis and black-eyed Susans to the elegant oriental lilies and callas.’
    • ‘Other plants that also attract ladybugs include cosmos (especially the white ones), coreopsis, and scented geraniums, dandelions.’
    • ‘The roadsides sparkled with coreopsis, crimson clover, vetch, spring beauties, and other gem-like blooms.’
    • ‘Daylilies and coreopsis, on the other hand, can live for decades (though they'll need dividing every few years to remain vigorous).’
    • ‘Common examples of perennial flowers are purple coneflower, lance-leaf coreopsis, dame's rocket and daisy.’
    • ‘In cottage gardens, old standbys such as asters, daylilies, delphiniums, and hostas mix with newer perennials such as coreopsis and ornamental grasses such as fountain grass and blood grass.’
    • ‘I direct seed bachelor's buttons, bupleurum, bells of Ireland, coreopsis, zinnias, some sunflowers and more.’
    • ‘This works extremely well with my geraniums, coreopsis, nepeta, and Campanula carpatica.’
    • ‘The clippers are also useful for deadheading flowers on herbaceous perennials such as coreopsis and lavender, but they should never be used to cut tough, woody growth.’
    • ‘This designation also followed the state of Florida's highway beautification program, when the coreopsis was widely used for roadside plantings.’
    • ‘And when on earth did that Veronica grow so large that it ate up the space I'd planned to put the coreopsis in?’
    • ‘If perennials like agapanthus, candytuft, coreopsis, daylilies, and penstemon are overgrown or not flowering well, it's time to dig and divide them.’
    • ‘Four to six weeks before the average date of the last frost in your area, start seeds indoors of drought-tolerant warm-season flowers such as coreopsis, globe amaranth, lion's tail, and rudbeckia.’


Modern Latin, from Greek koris ‘bug’ + opsis ‘appearance’ (because of the shape of the seed).