Florida State wildflower is “Coreopsis”.

In 1991 the flower of the genus Coreopsis coreopsis flowerwas designated as Florida’s official wildflower. The state legislature made this designation after the colorful red coreopsisflowers were used extensively in Florida’s roadside plantings and highway beautification programs. The coreopsis is found in a variety of colors, ranging from golden to pink.

Prized for its dependable nature and colorful, daisylike flowers, coreopsis has a long bloom period and is generally troublefree and easy to grow. Another common name is tickseed.

Coreopsis is tolerant of a variety of soil types and environmental conditions, making it a popular choice for home gardeners. Tall varieties can reach 4 feet in height and are good for the back of the border and in cutting gardens. Shorter, mounding varieties are more delicate and good for edging. Most coreopsis sport yellow flowers, although a pink variety is also available.