Rose Bechard-Butman, Courtesy
May 8, 2012
Coreopsis is Florida's official wildflower. The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs has teamed up with D.O.T. to encourage the planting of wildflowers along roadsides in Florida The colorful flowers are used extensively in Florida's roadside plantings and highway beautification programs primarily in north and central Florida, but have also been tried locally in south Florida with success.
There are many varieties of native Coreopsis. Most grow best in upland areas in full sun, and in slightly moist, well-drained soil. Established plants will tolerate some short-term dry periods. Since it is not very tolerant of excessive water it seems to do best in central and northern Florida than south Florida. If planting in south Florida, one must consider drainage and not plant in low lying areas. They are a nice addition to the background of a butterfly garden as they grow 2-3 feet tall.