Coreopsis leavenworthii

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Leavenworth's Tickseed

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1.5 to 3.0 ft tall by .5 to 1.5 ft wide
Life Span:Annual to short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Annual. Flowers all year.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Cultivated flower beds, wildflower gardens, meadows, and butterfly gardens.
Considerations:Self-seeds and so could become weedy.
Propagation:Seeds and dividing the basal rosettes. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Big box stores, Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:5.6 to 7.7



Attracts small butterflies.

Source of nectar and pollen for honeybees, native bees, and wasps.

Native Habitats:Moist to wet flatwoods, marl prairies, sandhill, scrub, and disturbed areas. Common on moist, open roadsides.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:The Seminole tribe used this plant to make an infusion of used for heat prostration.
General Comments:Coreopsis is the State wildflower.