Coreopsis Flowers


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Dyer’s Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria), also called golden tickseed or calliopsis, is a North American native plant. It grows wild in the Great Plains and Central US but is now naturalized throughout the US and Canada. It is an easy to grow annual dye flower and can also be used in herbal medicine to help with digestive upsets and other ailments.

Coreopsis dyes protein fibers best and yields lighter shades on cellulose fibers. We are very pleased to offer freshly harvested flowers from a local organic grower in Washington. We like to use the flowers to dye a pretty shade of bronzy orange. It also yields a more reddish shade with a pinch of soda ash added to the bath. For more information on dyeing with coreopsis, please see this how to page.

Please note: We are sorry but we cannot ship this product internationally due to import restrictions on plants and seeds in most countries.

More on tradition uses of coreopsis from Dave’s Garden:

“[Some] Native Americans boiled the flowers to make a type of beverage, the roots were steeped into a tea that eased the symptoms of diarrhea and abdominal discomforts. Folklore indicates that the tea was also supposed to protect the drinker from being hit by lightning. Early settlers also believed that stuffing their mattresses with the dried plants, it would repel bedbugs. The Zunni women believed that if they wanted a daughter, the tea would help conceive one as well. However, all of these uses were secondary to its main purpose. This sunny little flower produced a lovely yellow or red dye.”

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Weight 30 g
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in


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