www.zinnysworld.com    Copyright 2000-2015 by Thomas Zinneman.  All rights reserved. Tickseed Coreopsis leavenworthii

Tickseed is the common name for the Coreopsis genus, which includes 45 species of wild flowers in North America.  There are 13 species in Florida, of which 11 are considered native.  It is interesting that the state of Florida has designated Coreopsis as the state wildflower, which includes all of the Florida species.

Coreopsis leavenworthii, also known as Leavenworth’s Tickseed, is one of the more common species in Florida.  It is an annual or short-lived perennial that is often seen on prairies, pinelands, and roadside ditches throughout most of the Florida peninsula and parts of the panhandle.

The flowers are bright yellow with a dark brown center.  They are about 1.5 inches in diameter.  The yellow rays are toothed at the ends.  The leaves range from 1 to 6 inches in length and 1/16 to 1/4-inch wide.  They are located near the bottom of the flower stem.  The stem can grow to be 1 to 2 feet tall.

All of the photos on this page were taken in Deep Creek in Charlotte County.

The distribution maps for the Leavenworth’s Tickseed are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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