We are so excited to be carrying Dyer’s Coreopsis seeds (Coreopsis tinctoria) from Grand Prismatic Seed!
Grand Prismatic says:
Also known as calliopsis, golden tickseed, or plains coreopsis, this wildflower is native to most of North America and Canada (with the exception, ironically, of Utah and Nevada).
Our population has a wide range of color combinations (all of which seem to make the native bees go wild!). It’s always exciting to not know exactly what you are going to get until their adorable globe-shaped buds start to pop open! We’ve found that they do best when direct sown in early spring.
As for dyeing, oranges and browns are common colors from hot water baths. You can shift colors to a rusty red color with the use of a little soda ash. Best on wool or silk.
Packet: 200 seeds
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ABOUT THE FARMERS:
James Young and Guy Banner are the co-owners and farmers of Grand Prismatic Seed. They made a commitment to grow high quality open pollinated seeds. Their seeds can withstand the stresses associated with high desert crop production. Over time, they expect to release new vegetable varieties adapted to the Intermountain West. James has a passion for growing natural dye plants/seeds. He learned his seedy ways from Wild Garden Seed in Philomath, Oregon. Guy has an affinity for medicinal herbs and plants native to the Great Basin, Intermountain West, and Colorado Plateau. He has an extensive background. For instance, it includes ethnobotany and habitat restoration, agroecology, native seed production, and ornamental gardening.