Spring Plant

Dyer's Coreopsis
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Dyer's Coreopsis is beloved for it's easy blooming two-toned flowers, but also - maybe even mostly - because it makes a lovely dusty orange or taupe colored dye.
  • SHIPSBeginning in April
  • HEIGHT36" when full grown
  • SPACING9" between plants
  • LIGHTFull sun, or part-shade
  • ZONEAnnual, zones 2-11

  • SHIPPINGFlat rate $10 shipping on all orders
  • INCLUDES3 plants, each in a 2" diameter pot

  • Botanical NameCoreopsis tinctoria
Spring Plant


Here's how to make the dye: put about 20 blooms (trim off the stems) in a big pot of hot water, and let soak for 24 hours. Now simmer the mixture for 1 hour, and then drop your cloth in (wool and silk work best, but cotton and linen are fine too) and continue to simmer for about 45 minutes, mixing it around occasionally, until you reach your desired hue/saturation. Note that the color will look darker when it's wet. That's it! Rinse and wear.

  • DEER Deer resistant
  • KIDS+PETS Non-toxic
  • DIFFICULTY Super easy to grow
  • CLIMATE Heat loving
  • WATER Drought tolerant
  • INDOOR+POTS Grows well in containers outside.

How to Plant

Dig a hole and tuck your plant in so it is even with the soil. Now give your plant a good wish, a few solid pats to compress the soil around it, and a long drink of water.

Where to Plant

Find a place that gets a decent amount of sun, and space plants about 9" apart.

When to Plant

Avoid the heat of the day when planting — plant in the early morning, late afternoon, or by the light of the moon. Plant outside after your average last frost in the Spring.

When to Expect Blooms

Sweet, sweet Summertime.

Care Instructions

Water regularly until they get established, and then give them extra water during dry spells. Pick the flowers regularly (Bring the flowers in! Make bouquets! Have fun!) to encourage more blooms. And ask us any questions along the way.

Extra Credit

With Dyer's Coreopsis flowers you can also make your own ink! Collect and dry petals from about 15 flowers. Toss into a mortal and pestle, and grind to a powder. Add a tiny bit of boiling water, just enough to cover the powder and mix. Leave in a sunny spot in your house for 24 hours. Strain with a coffee filter or cheesecloth, and voila. Get a fine brush and write/paint away.

Dyer's Coreopsis

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