Did you know Coreopsis spp., also commonly known as tickseed, attracts small native sweat bees, native sunflower bees Svastra spp, long-horned bees, Melissodes spp., and hoover flies, Syrphidae spp. in our ecoregion 231? Read on.
Name: Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’
Zones: , 3 to 9, herbaceous perennial
Size: 1.5 to 2 feet tall and wide
Conditions: Sun, average to dry moisture
Attracts: In ecoregion 231, Coreopsis spp. aren’t what we think of as the magnet for the sexiest pollinators, but good for the wildlife just the same. All creatures, great and small, right? Coreopsis spp. are also host plants for the Dainty Sulphur, Nathalis iole.
On Lindtner honeybee scale of 0 to 5, pollen and nectar content is 1 and 1, respectively. Coreopsis aren’t considered magnets for honey bees or butterflies, but they are beneficial within a diverse wildlife planting mix.