When newbie gardeners first hear of the word tick seed, they probably start running for the hills. Ticks are some of the pests you definitely don’t want to see anywhere near your garden or your home, so the thought of a flower that might attract ticks obviously sounds like a nightmare. Of course, if you know anything about tick seeds, you know that this bloom’s name isn’t a threat. (If you are worried about ticks, though, try planting some of these deer-resistant plants!)
Tick seed is the common name used to talk about Coreopsis and a few other genera, which are flowers with showy heads. The reason people call them tick seeds is because the plant is known to latch on to you or your clothing when you brush up against it—kind of like a tick. Except, with tick seed, you don’t have to worry about it making itself at home on your body like a tick does. *Cue sighs of relief.*
In fact, Coreopsis are gorgeous flowers that any garden would be lucky to have. The tick seed family boasts varieties in yellow, peach, red, and fuchsia shades, and they look fantastic in patio containers as well as borders. Oh, and some of them attract bees and butterflies, too, so you can be certain buds will be duly pollinated!
Types of Tick Seed Flowers
As mentioned above, tick-seed flowers can come in a few varieties. In addition to Coreopsis, Bidens, Corispermum, and Desmodium are all commonly referred to as tick seeds because of their attaching abilities. The Coreopsis family, however, is one of the most favoured for gardeners.
Coreopsis ‘Creme Brulee’
With striking serrated petals shining bright in a deep yellow hue, Creme Brulee flowers all the way from late June until October. The long blooming period paired with its flowers that appear on the head and down the stem make this variety a quick favourite.
Coreopsis ‘Limerock Dream’
What’s more fun than this flower’s name is its colour. A peachy shade that fades from orange to ruby, Limerock Dream offers plenty of aesthetic. This variety has a tendency to branch and flowers from early summer until the fall. We love this flower either cut and displayed in a tabletop vase or greeting guests in your front border.
Coreopsis ‘Limerock Passion’
Changing from a lavender colour to a pretty pink as it blooms from early summer to fall, Limerock Passion also features a yellow centre and gorgeous dark green leaves. And there’s good news: this flower also attracts butterflies!
Coreopsis ‘Limerock Ruby’
This self-supporting variety is mounded, and its colour is another stunning hue. Look to Limerock Ruby for deep red shades and yellow centres—the daisy flower head is one anyone will love. Also blooming from early summer to fall and attracting butterflies, this flower is a great indoor vase addition or container plant.
Companion Flowers for Tick Seeds
To ensure your tick-seed flowers thrive and look their absolute best, we recommend planting them with some of their companion flowers:
How to Care for Tick Seed Flowers
Now that you know that tick seeds don’t attract ticks and are actually wonderful additions to your garden, you’re probably wondering how to keep them alive! As with all plants, you’ll want to make sure your tick seeds get the correct sun, water, and soil.
Sun: Full sun to partial sun
Water: New plants should be watered well, but once they are matured, tick seeds are very drought tolerant and require little care. You can mulch with bark mulch to retain moisture and repel weeds.
Soil: In places with wet summers, make sure your soil is well-drained to prevent crown rot.
You will also need to trim your tick seed depending on the variety you have. This guide does a great job breaking it down for you.
All in all, tick seeds are great flowers for your front borders, patio containers, and indoor arrangements. Just remember to give them the proper care, and they’ll provide plenty of flower power! Don’t forget to join Rozanne’s Inner Circle for even more useful information like this.