Bees love Tickseed


 Threadleaf Tickseed


 Tickseed Plant Information
Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Spring
Attracts: Butterflies, bees
Sun: Full Sun
Color: Yellow
Soil Type: Acidic
Drainage: Well-drained
Moisture: Moist
Height: - Short(dwarf variety) to medium
Planting Width: 2 ft


When you feel like your average or not special,

You should stand out like the tickseed.

Tickseed is a very bright booming plant, and I can never help but see it.

Because it just stands out just like I want to.

This plant has taught me the key to standing out and being special is to never let the crowd decide how you should be and live your life.

Always make your decisions based on your own and those close to you's beliefs.

I'll sum it all up with a quote from Dr.Seuss "Today you are YOU. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you."




Threadleaf Tickseed - Poem

Tickseed, it comes in many varieties, and it can feed the bees, and the other


This plant is a USA native.

Unlike invasive plants, to the ecosystem it’ not dictative!

Skip the cultivars, Plant the straight species

Because they’re like the candy Reese's’

for the butterflies and birds and bees!

It is a perennial that attracts bees and butterflies, with ease.

There are a lot of tickseeds it is something the bee and butterfly needs.

It blooms in the summer, and it can grow small, sometimes even medium, and sometimes even tall.

This plant likes the part sun, or the full sun, it blooms in white, yellow and pink,

don’t worry it will never stink.

Its dried leaves smell like vanilla or honey, oh it’s so nice your nose will be at it in a trice.

It likes a lot of soil types.

Oooooooooooo I am super hyped.

Tickseed, it comes in many varieties,

to feed the bees, and the other pollinators.

This plant’s scientific name is coreopsis, oh the bliss.

The pollinators are important for reproduction of plants, and without pollination, there would be man some destruction.

If you don’t know a plant in your garden such as tickseed, don’t spray chemicals and call it a nasty weed.

It might have something the pollinators really need.

Let’s share our garden with the pollinators and plant many…

Tickseed, it comes in many varieties, and it can feed the bees, and the other pollinators.


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Trivia about the Tickseed

The genus name, Coreopsis, is from two Greek words: koris, meaning “bedbug,” and opsis, meaning “similar to” or “resembles.” Each seed has two appendages that look like little horns and could, if you hold your mouth just right, resemble the common bedbug. The common name, tickseed, comes from the belief that the seeds look like ticks. The early pioneers would stuff their bedding with the plant to help repel fleas, bedbugs, and lice.  Source - Lady Bird Johnson Wildlfowers of Texas.


How to increase your veggie patch yield with the native tickseed?

According to an interesting newsletter from,

Our common crops like tomato, eggplants, blueberries. chili peppers belong to a species of flowering plants called "Angiosperms" which have tubular anthers that hold very tiny pollen grains. The Honeybee is unable to pollinate these crops.  Bumblebees (Bombus spp.) have a unique method of extracting pollen from flowers, which honeybees (Apis mellifera) lack.

A bumblebee latches onto the flower with her feet and jaws. She decouples her flight muscles from her wings. She then moves her flight muscles rapidly, causing the flower and anthers to vibrate, dislodging the pollen. The bumblebee, by analogy, shakes the salt out of its container. This is called buzz pollination or sonification.

The bumblebees may use a single buzz on a flower if the blossom is nearly empty or a long train of multiple buzzes on a previously unvisited blossom. The vibration is transmitted throughout the hollow pollen-containing anthers, releasing clouds of golden pollen. The bumblebeeís body fuzz captures this airborne pollen. The bumblebees distribute some of this pollen to nearby flowers, thereby guaranteeing a new crop. The remainder of this pollen is gathered into pollen baskets on the bumblebee's hind legs, for delivery to the hive. 

Bees need to extract both nectar and pollen from flowers. Flowers produce nectar to attract the pollinators. These type of tubular blossoms, however, usually supply pollen only. The bumblebees are willing to forgo the nectar reward, but the honeybee usually avoids the buzz blossoms"

Invite the bumblebees to your veggie patch, by planting native plants such as the Tickseed!

Happy planting!

Uma & Buzz Buddy!



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