- Medicinal Plants
- 1/2 g Coreopsis tinctoria seeds, Calliopsis
1/2 g Coreopsis tinctoria seeds, Calliopsis
AKA Plains coreopsis, garden tickseed, golden tickseed, or calliopsis.
Annual. Growing quickly, Coreopsis tinctoria plants attain heights of 12 to 40 inches. It grows well in many types of soil, but seems to prefer sandy or well-drained soils. Although somewhat drought-tolerant, naturally growing plants are usually found in areas with regular rainfall. Preferring full sun, it will also grow in partial shade. Native to both Asia and North America.
The Zuni people traditionally use the blossoms of the tinctoria plant to make a mahogany red dye for yarn, and to make a hot beverage. Native Americans have used this plant to treat several disorders, including diarrhea, internal pain and bleeding, to strengthen blood, and as an emetic.
In traditional Chinese medicine, a decoction of the whole plant is used to treat diarrhea.