Coreopsis leavenworthii

Leavenworth's tickseed

Asteraceae (Compositae)

wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: annual
Size: Height: 1.5 to 3.0 ft    Width: .5 to 1.5 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
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, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed, Friends
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: 5.6 to 7.7


wildlife plant  
Not only does it attract many butterflies, but it also is a 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:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


The Seminole tribe used this plant to make an infusion of used for heat prostration.

Other Comments:

Coreopsis is the State wildflower.