Last updated on May 20th, 2023 at 09:47 pm

Coreopsis has 80 species, and all of them are native to America. Twenty-eight of them are originally from North America. The rest are found in the Central and South. This flower belongs to the Asteraceae family. It can be an annual plant or perennial, depending on the species.

Florida and Mississippi have given this flower its true recognition and have named the coreopsis as the state’s wildflower. 13 species grow in Florida. The disk flowers in the middle have a brown or bronze color, and the petals are brightly colored, making them look beautiful like daisies. These flowers bloom in June and draw a lot of butterflies and bees.

One coreopsis flower’s meaning can be understood from its name. Botanists have derived this name based on how the seeds of this flower look. This name comes from two Greek words—‘Koris’ or bed-bug, and ‘Opsis’ or looks. Coreopsis is also called Tickseed because its seeds resemble bed bugs or ticks.

What does the Coreopsis flower symbolize?

According to the language of flowers, it has a lovely meaning. It means ‘always cheerful,’ and these flowers truly live up to their name; this flower can brighten up any space. 

The coreopsis plant is hardy, and it can withstand a drought. It not only symbolizes beauty but resilience too. 

Coreopsis is long-lasting. It is also a symbol of love and represents ‘love at first sight.’

People of a few Native American tribes drank coreopsis tea because they believed it would protect them from being struck by lightning. Some also believed that it helped in giving birth to a girl child.

All in all, the coreopsis flower symbolic meanings are:

  • cheerfulness
  • love
  • good luck
  • happiness

Meaning of the Coreopsis flower colors

Yellow color

Yellow coreopsis stands for joy, happiness, and friendship. These flowers will bring a positive vibe to the room when kept indoors. 

You can give yellow coreopsis to people who are dear to you, like friends. Since this color represents happiness and optimism, you can send these flowers to someone unwell as a “get well soon” gesture. You can send these flowers to anyone feeling down to show your care.

Orange color

Orange is an exciting color that symbolizes passion, enthusiasm, warmth, and energy. 

You can send orange coreopsis to someone with whom you are emotionally attached. These flowers will let the recipient know they are the sunshine of your life.

Pink color

The adorable pink coreopsis means ‘admiration.’ You can send these flowers as birthday gifts or graduation gifts. Pink is a gentle color that also represents love and romance. But you can give it to any girl or woman, as it also signifies feminine energy. 

If you like somebody and are too shy to tell them verbally, express your feelings through pink coreopsis. You can also send graceful pink coreopsis flowers to express gratitude to your mother on Mother’s Day, as pink stands for tenderness and motherly love. You can send them as a ‘get-well-soon’ bouquet to someone recovering because yellow also represents ‘care.’

Red color

The lovely red color represents desire and passion. Surprise your love on Valentine’s Day with a bunch of red coreopsis flowers. This would be a great way to show that you are committed to them and dedicated to this relationship. These flowers will assure your partner that you are not only deeply desirous of them but also deeply devoted. 

So next time you want to surprise your love interest, send them a bouquet of red coreopsis. These will also be less traditional than sending red roses.

White color

White stands for faith, sincerity, and hope. You can send white coreopsis to expecting couples pregnant with a child or to the parents of a newborn. 

White is a pure color and is linked with spirituality and innocence. These are great flowers to tell someone how much you appreciate them for having a pure heart and innocence. 

Interesting facts about the Coreopsis flowers

  • Before the Native Americans knew about coffee, they boiled coreopsis to make tea.
  • European settlers used dried coreopsis as an insect repellant.
  • When tea is made using the roots of coreopsis, it can cleanse the body through vomiting.
  • Coreopsis tea helps in treating diarrhea.
  • Coreopsis flowers are used for dying native fabrics.
  • The leaves of this plant have a fine texture and are oppositely arranged. They are attractive, lacy, and delicate.
  • Birds enjoy snacking on their seeds during autumn and winter.

How to grow Coreopsis flowers

A coreopsis plant can grow up to 16 to 47 inches tall and be 15 to 18 inches wide. Coreopsis is typically planted along the border of a garden. This arrangement is due to the flower’s long blooming time.

  1. Choose moist and well-draining soil to grow the coreopsis flowers better.
  2. Add compost to improve drainage before planting.
  3. Place them in a spot with full sun or partial shade.
  4. Plant them 12 to 18 inches apart.
  5. Water the plants till they are established.

How to care for Coreopsis flowers

  1. Water the flowers occasionally when the soil looks dry. 
  2. Leave the flowers to bloom as they like; they do not need to apply fertilizers.
  3. Stake the stems to keep the plant upright and attractive.
  4. Deadhead the spent flowers from early summer to fall.
  5. Spray some insecticidal soap on the leaves every month or so.

Best time to gift Coreopsis flowers

People who have a garden love cultivating these flowers as they help make a charming bouquet. You can give them a bouquet of coreopsis flowers whenever you want to brighten up someone’s day. 

These flowers carry the message of cheer, as the coreopsis flower means. These flowers are an ideal gift for any celebrations or happy occasions. Coreopsis can be perfect floral gifts for a family member, friend, or colleague.


Coreopsis flowers brighten up landscapes and floral displays. Perennials and annuals both bloom for months, attracting helpful pollinators.

These North American indigenous are ideal for dry, sunny areas of the environment. Whether blooming in the garden or delivered in a bouquet, their vibrant blossoms provide a message of brightness and an uplifting attitude that will light anyone’s day.

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