Bright yellow flower with petals that appear ragged on the edges and turn deep maroon close to the center

Coreopsis is a sunny flower that graces roadsides, fields, and many gardens across the United States. This native perennial is also Florida’s state wildflower.

Commonly known as tickseed, coreopsis comes in many species and varieties. Most are daisy-like with a ring of yellow petals surrounding a brown or yellow center. They typically bloom in spring and summer.

You can get seeds from your local garden center or from the Florida Wildflower Growers Cooperative. Sow your seeds anytime from October through January. Find a sunny spot, and plant the seeds no more than one-eighth of an inch deep.

Once established, this Florida-Friendly plant is drought tolerant. Coreopsis often re-seeds itself, so you’ll be able to enjoy its cheerful blooms for years to come.

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