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Coreopsis verticillata / Hot Paprika Tickseed Sizzle & Spice®

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Height:  18 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Threadleaf Coreopsis

Group/Class:  Sizzle & Spice Series

Brand:  Walters Gardens


Vibrant, daisy-like flowers that are vivid deep red with golden anthers, covering the blue-green threadleaf foliage; rounded, compact habit, thrives in sandy and rocky soils and is drought tolerant

Ornamental Features

Sizzle & Spice® Hot Paprika Tickseed is smothered in stunning dark red daisy flowers with gold anthers at the ends of the stems from early to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its threadlike leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sizzle & Spice® Hot Paprika Tickseed is an open herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

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 bees and 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.

Sizzle & Spice® Hot Paprika Tickseed is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sizzle & Spice® Hot Paprika Tickseed will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 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 8 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 considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. 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.

Sizzle & Spice® Hot Paprika Tickseed is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features