Pink tickseed 'American Dream' Coreopsis rosea 'American Dream'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pink tickseed 'American Dream'


'American Dream' is an erect herbaceous perennial up to 40cm high, with finely cut dark green leaves, and starry flowers up to 4cm across with eight rich pink ray florets and golden centres in summer and early autumn

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pink Tickseed, American Dream Coreopsis

    • Common names

      Coreopsis rosea 'American Dream'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Coreopsis rosea 'American Dream', commonly known as pink tickseed, is known to attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators to the garden.
    • Low Maintenance: Pink tickseed is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal upkeep once established in a suitable location with appropriate conditions.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, pink tickseed is quite tolerant of drought, making it a good choice for water-wise gardens.
    • Long Blooming Season: Pink tickseed typically has a long flowering period, providing color and interest in the garden from early summer to fall.
    • Deer Resistance: This plant is not a preferred choice for deer, which makes it a good option for gardens in areas with a high deer population.
    • Landscape Versatility: Pink tickseed can be used in a wide range of garden settings, including borders, rock gardens, and wildflower meadows.
    • Soil Adaptability: It is adaptable to a variety of soil types, although it prefers well-drained soils.
    • Vibrant Color Addition: The pink flowers of Coreopsis rosea 'American Dream' add a vibrant splash of color to the garden landscape.
    • Erosion Control: Pink tickseed can be used to help stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes and banks.
    • Easy Propagation: The plant can be easily propagated by division, allowing gardeners to expand their planting or share with others.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • American Dream can serve as a natural dye source, yielding shades of pink to yellow when used in the dyeing of fabrics or yarns, depending on the mordant.
    • This plant's flowers can be used in potpourri, retaining their color and shape well when dried.
    • The American Dream's fibrous stems can be used in the creation of homemade paper, adding a unique texture and botanical inclusions to the final product.
    • The Coreopsis rosea can be pressed and used in botanical art, perfect for craft projects like greeting cards or book covers due to their vibrant color.
    • Floral arrangements benefit from the bright blossoms of the American Dream, as they can provide a long-lasting pop of color when used as a cut flower.
    • Gardening enthusiast can propagate this plant and use it to trade with other gardeners, broadening their collection of flora.
    • In eco-friendly weddings, the American Dream becomes part of biodegradable confetti or as natural aisle decorations, minimizing environmental impact.
    • Educators can use the American Dream to teach students about plant biology and pollination, as it attracts a wide range of pollinators.
    • Photographers may incorporate the Coreopsis rosea in outdoor photoshoots, utilizing its vibrant pink flowers as a natural backdrop.
    • Butterfly enthusiasts can use the American Dream in butterfly gardens and habitats, as it's an excellent nectar source for many butterfly species.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Tickseed is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Tickseed is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Optimism: Coreopsis, often known as Tickseed, is frequently associated with cheerfulness and optimism, reflecting its bright, sunny blooms which seem to radiate positivity.
    • Love: The variety 'American Dream' implies a romantic aspect with its soft pink flowers, denoting love and affection.
    • Good Luck: Tickseed can symbolize good fortune, suggesting that the beholder may have luck or success in their endeavors.

Every 1-2 weeks
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Every 2-3 years
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Pink Tickseed requires regular watering, especially during hot and dry periods. It's best to water deeply once a week, providing about 1 inch of water each time. Make sure the soil is well-draining to prevent waterlogging. During the growing season, it may be necessary to water twice a week if rainfall is insufficient. Applying about 1 to 1.5 gallons per square yard per week should be adequate to keep this plant hydrated and healthy.

  • sunLight

    Pink Tickseed thrives in full sun, which means it needs at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. The best spot for this plant is an area that receives unfiltered, bright light for most of the day. However, it can tolerate some light shade, especially in hotter climates to avoid midday scorching.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Pink Tickseed prefers temperate climates with temperatures generally ranging from 60°F to 70°F. It can survive occasional dips down to 20°F but is not frost-tolerant. The ideal conditions are warm days and cooler nights, which encourages better flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Pink Tickseed is vital to promote vigorous growth and abundant flowering. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming. Cut back the plants by one-third in midsummer if they appear tired or leggy. An additional light pruning in late fall helps to maintain shape and prepare the plant for winter.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tickseed 'American Dream' thrives best in well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. The ideal soil mix could include equal parts garden loam, peat moss or compost, and coarse sand or perlite to improve drainage. The pH level suitable for this plant ranges from slightly acidic to neutral, between 5.5 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Tickseed 'American Dream' generally does not require frequent repotting and can be done every 2-3 years or when you notice that the plant has outgrown its current container and roots are crowding the edges.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tickseed 'American Dream' is adaptable to a wide range of humidity levels typical of outdoor environments and does not require specific humidity conditions for optimal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, well-draining soil, and occasional watering.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, well-draining soil, and space 12 inches apart.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Tickseed 'American Dream' begins its life cycle as a seed, which, once planted in well-drained soil with ample sunlight, germinates to produce small seedlings. These seedlings grow into vegetative plants with characteristic slender, lance-shaped leaves and eventually develop a robust root system. As the plant matures, it enters the flowering stage, usually in the summer, producing numerous small, pink flowers with a yellow center that attract pollinators. After pollination, the flowers develop into dry, single-seeded fruits called achenes. If the conditions are favorable, these achenes disperse and can give rise to new plants, continuing the cycle. In colder climates, Tickseed 'American Dream' may die back in winter, but it can re-emerge from root stock or seeds in the spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Coreopsis rosea 'American Dream', commonly known as pink threadleaf coreopsis, is most commonly propagated through division. The best time to divide this plant is in early spring or early fall. During division, the gardener should gently separate the clumps of the plant, making sure that each section has a portion of the root system intact. These divisions can then be replanted in the garden at the same depth they were originally growing. Water the new divisions thoroughly after planting to help establish the new roots. This method not only helps to propagate the plant but also invigorates older plants that may have become woody or less productive. It's a straightforward and effective way to produce more plants and maintain the health of the existing plant.