co·​re·​op·​sis | \ ˌkȯr-ē-ˈäp-səs How to pronounce coreopsis (audio) \
plural coreopsis

Definition of coreopsis

: any of a genus (Coreopsis) of widely cultivated composite herbs with showy often yellow flower heads and pinnately lobed or dissected leaves

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Recent Examples on the Web Plant the succulent, Seussian-looking native giant coreopsis (Leptosyne gigantea), which stands 3 to 6 feet tall and is covered in green leaves and bright yellow, daisylike flowers in spring. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Check off these December garden chores for a parade of blooms in spring," 5 Dec. 2020 Use a seed mixture with varieties for Florida that might include annual phlox, black-eyed Susan, coreopsis, asters, showy primrose and blanket flower. Tom Maccubbin,, "Seedling citrus trees take time to fruit," 14 Nov. 2020 Sow pollinator-friendly summer annuals like ‘Dara’ flowering carrot, fennel, coreopsis, and ‘Sea Shells’ cosmos. Sunset Magazine, "45 Things to Do in Your Garden Right Now," 3 Aug. 2020 Southern California Plant Attract pollinators by planting coreopsis, milkweed, sunflowers, and Cleveland sage. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020 Proven fire-resistant plant species include daylilies, coneflowers, coreopsis, lavender and high-moisture succulents. Washington Post, "Extreme weather has gardeners looking for resilient plants," 4 Feb. 2020 And a batch of dye, made from sunny-petaled coreopsis, was bubbling on the stove in the outdoor kitchen, one of the many handmade outbuildings on this half-acre compound that is home and laboratory for Mr. Kahn and his wife, Lesley Creed. New York Times, "The King of D.I.Y. Dwellings," 11 Mar. 2020 For cool-season color, sow and plant alyssum, bachelor’s button, calendula, coreopsis, delphinium, hollyhock, and poppy. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, "Your Essential Winter Gardening To-Do List," 10 Feb. 2020 Use seed varieties like coreopsis, poppies, bluebonnets, bee balm, phlox, blue curl, Salvia coccinea, sunflower and other selections that are well adapted for the Central Texas area. Calvin Finch,, "The best living evergreen Christmas trees you can plant later in your San Antonio garden," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of coreopsis

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coreopsis

New Latin, genus name, from Greek koris bedbug + New Latin -opsis; akin to Greek keirein to cut — more at shear

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“Coreopsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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