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Lightning Flash Tickseed

Coreopsis tripteris 'Lightning Flash'

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Lightning Flash Tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris 'Lightning Flash') at Gardener's Supply Company

Lightning Flash Tickseed flowers

Lightning Flash Tickseed flowers

(Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries)

Lightning Flash Tickseed (Coreopsis tripteris 'Lightning Flash') at Gardener's Supply Company

Lightning Flash Tickseed foliage

Lightning Flash Tickseed foliage

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  32 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Ornamental Features

Lightning Flash Tickseed has masses of beautiful yellow daisy flowers with dark brown eyes at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive ferny leaves emerge gold in spring, turning yellow in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lightning Flash Tickseed is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lightning Flash Tickseed is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Lightning Flash Tickseed will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 32 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in poor soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features