My excitement over this new-to-my-garden wildflower knows no bounds. Coreopsis integrifolia, Chipola River daisy, a/k/a fringe leaf tickseed and Chipola dyeflower, is very rare, but it has been found from southern South Carolina to north Florida. Its common name hails from the Chipola River that runs through three counties in Florida.
I bought my plant from Bustani Plant Farm, but I also found it sold by High Country Gardens and Woodlanders. As Lazy S Farm says, this plant is the “equivalent of the little black dress.” It goes with everything, and it is a hardy perennial that has stolons (horizontal above-ground shoots), but I’m assured by plant sellers, it is not invasive. Maybe it can replace some of the stoloniferous black-eyed Susans trying to choke out their neighbors. Chipola River daisy starts blooming in fall just in time to hang out with the former asters, also favorites of mine. According to Horticopia, C. integrifolia is hardy from Zone 5A to 9B and reaches two to three feet in height. Chipola River daisy can also handle partial shade to full sun. I like adaptable plants. Don’t you?
To see more Wildflower Wednesday posts, head on over to Gail’s Clay and Limestone where she talks about the non-asters with abandon. I heartily approve.
Add a few wildflowers to your landscape, and watch what happens to your garden. Your busy pollinators will thank you for it. It’s good to take a walk on the wild side now and again.