Anne MacKay

Anne MacKay honored with 2019 Coreopsis Award

Anne MacKay received the 2019 T. Elizabeth Pate Coreopsis Award during the Florida Wildflower Symposium on April 13 in recognition of her advocacy for Florida’s wildflowers. For 20 years, Anne has steered work for Florida’s wildflowers, first serving on the Florida Wildflower Advisory Council, then on the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s board of directors, on which she served as chair.

Assessing Potential Loss of Coreopsis leavenworthii Genetic Diversity under Commercial Seed Production and Gene Flow from Coreopsis tinctoria.

The objectives of this project are to assess (1) the potential loss of genetic diversity (or genetic shift) during seed production of C. leavenworthii, and (2) potential gene flow from C.tinctoria to C. leavenworthii, two important issues in production and use of C. leavenworthii seeds. We have made excellent progress toward these objectives and have…

Interspecific Hybridization between Coreopsis leavenworthii and Coreopsis tinctoria Differently Affected Growth, Development, and Reproduction of Their Progeny

The genus Coreopsis L. is Florida’s state wildflower; there is a strong interest in commercial production and large-scale planting of Coreopsis seed in Florida, especially the seed of Coreopsis leavenworthi Torr. & A. Gray (COLE) and Coreopsis tinctoria Nutt. (COTI). Both species belong to the same section [Calliopsis (Reichenb.) Nutt.] within Coreopsis and were known…

Florida tickseed bloom

Flower Friday: Florida tickseed

Florida tickseed (Coreopsis floridana) is one of 12 Coreopsis species native to Florida. It is endemic to the state and occurs naturally in wet pinelands and prairies, cypress swamp edges and roadside ditches. It typically blooms from late summer into early winter, but may bloom year-round. Its bright sunny flowers attract a variety of pollinators, especially butterflies.

Gary Henry

Gary Henry: A remembrance

It is with immense sadness that we observe the passing of our friend, colleague and mentor Gary Henry, who died in Tallahassee on Aug. 8. He was 72. Not only was Gary a founding Florida Wildflower Foundation board member, he was the visionary who shaped the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Wildflower Program when it officially began in the 1970s. Read about his many contributions.

Black-eyed Susan blooming along roadside

FDOT Wildflower Program: Photos

This page is hosted by the Florida Wildflower Foundation as a courtesy to the Florida Department of Transportation. HOMEHISTORYPROCEDUREPHOTOSCONTACTS The photos on this page highlight the successes of the Florida Department of Transportation Wildflower Program over the past 20 years. Due to construction activities, necessary re-working of roadsides and other issues, some wildflower areas may…

field of Woody goldenrod along roadside

FDOT Wildflower Program: Partners and Collaborators

This page is hosted by the Florida Wildflower Foundation as a courtesy to the Florida Department of Transportation. Photo by Bob Farley HOMEHISTORYPROCEDUREPHOTOSCONTACTS Florida Federation of Garden Clubs The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs (FFGC) has long been a strong supporter of FDOT’s Wildflower Program. In 1984, FFGC encouraged the department to fund research to…

Coreopsis leavenworthii along roadside

FDOT Wildflower Program

This page is hosted by the Florida Wildflower Foundation as a courtesy to the Florida Department of Transportation. Photo by Jeff Norcini HOMEHISTORYPROCEDUREPHOTOSCONTACTS The Florida Department of Transportation’s Wildflower Program improves aesthetics and driver safety while lowering maintenance costs. It is rooted in the department’s original wildflower program, created in 1963. Over the years, FDOT…