Tequila Sunrise Tickseed

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A Tough Native that Shines in your Garden!

In the mood for something hot? Try the gold and red of Coreopsis 'Tequila Sunrise' in your garden this year. The flowers are daisy-like with rays of yellow, tipped at the base with cherry red. You can't miss these guys in the garden. They draw the eye from wherever you are.

Even when they're not in flower, they are beautiful. The leaves are variegated spring-green and buttercream-white. They look soft and fresh whether there are flowers or not. But when there are flowers, they provide the perfect backdrop for the vibrant colors of the blooms.

Coreopsis are true North American natives and as such bloom with carefree abandon almost anywhere you plant them in the US. They love full sun and well-drained soil, but beyond that, they require very little. The more you cut, the more they bloom, so keep your vases full and your garden will be full too!

They bloom from spring through summer and all the way into the fall. Leave a few seed heads on the plant through the winter so that these prolific reseeders can add more beauty to your garden each year!

Tequila Sunrise Coreopsis is xeric (very drought tolerant) and works great in urban waterwise gardens. Don't just buy one, buy several and enjoy them in your own yard this year. Order now!

  • Great for Cutting (the more you cut, the more you get!)
  • Perfect as "Fillers" in Containers
  • Easy Growing Perennial - Comes Back Every Year!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Bright Flowers, Interesting Foliage

Coreopsis x 'Tequila Sunrise' is another of the many perennial plant introductions from Ken and Linda Smith of Columbus, Ohio. The variety is said to be a sport of an unnamed plant that was a result of a Coreopsis grandiflora and Coreopsis lanceolate cross.

The variegated leaves of the Coreopsis x 'Tequila Sunrise' set it aside from other varieties. The plant was first discovered in 1992 and observed by the growers until the plant was patented and released in 1997.

The compact habit and bright golden flowers make the plant a wonderful site in the landscape. The leaves, however, are the Coreopsis Tequila Sunrises real appeal: variegated yellow and green leaves with a touch of pink to red, as the cold fall sets in, make this a trade favorite.

Coreopsis x 'Tequila Sunrise' is adapted to a wide range of soils and climates but is not as hardy as other Coreopsis. The plant requires little water once established and is intolerant of poorly draining soils. Coreopsis Tequila Sunrise is recommended for drought tolerant or xeriscape plantings it is considered a LOW water user by the California Department of Water Resources, Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) list, requiring little water after being established.

Coreopsis x 'Tequila Sunrise', like other varieties of Coreopsis, is on a number of lists as a fire-resistant plant. Check with your local Fire department on plants to consider for your defensible space planting in a firesafe landscape.


Tequila Sunrise Tickseed Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Coreopsis x 'Tequila Sunrise'
Mature Height 12 - 18 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Perennial
Foliage Color Green, White
Pollinator Friendly Yes