|Coreopsis leavenworthii on a roadside. Photo: Jeff Norcini|
The leaves of C. leavenworthii are small and linear. Its natural habitat is pine flatwoods, but it is often used as a component of mixed wildflower and butterfly gardens, and is excellent for sunny roadsides, highway medians and powerline easements. C. leavenworthii is almost endemic to Florida — its only other occurrences are in two Alabama counties.
This tickseed is great in gardens and adapts to drier soils. Its tiny seeds earned it its nickname.
Family: Aster (or daisy) family (Asteraceae)
Hardiness: Zones 8–11.
Growth Habit: 1’- 3’ tall.
Soil: Prefers moist, acidic soils.
Exposure: Full sun.
Fun fact: The genus Coreopsis is Florida’s state wildflower, and it appears on the State Wildflower license tag.