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Leavenworth’s tickseed
Coreopsis leavenworthii

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

General Landscape Uses: Wildflower and rock gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes: A common understory wildflower in prairies, wet pinelands and depression marshes. Rare in pine rocklands subjected to drainage.

Availability: Native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296), in Fort Myers at All Native Garden Center (239-939-9663) and in Boynton Beach at Sustainscape (561-245-5305).

Description: Medium annual herb with attractive heads of yellow flowers.

Dimensions: Typically 1-3 feet in height. Much taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Alabama and northern Florida south to the Monroe County Keys. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to Big Pine Key.

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 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations from the Monroe County Keys north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

Habitats: Pinelands and prairies.

Soils: Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to seasonally inundated soils.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Yellow ray flowers and yellow and brown disk flowers.

Flower Characteristics: Showy heads, 1/2-1" wide.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous achene.

Wildlife and Ecology: Nectar plant for Miami blue (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri), southern broken-dash (Wallengrenia otho) and other butterflies. Provides seeds and insects for birds.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

References: Hammer 2004

Comments: The Florida state wildflower. This is an annual that recruits readily in the landscape in exposed soil. See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Copyright by: Chuck McCartney

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: Susan Trammell

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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