Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Calliopsis is also known as Garden Coreopsis. Since the plant flowers throughout late spring to mid-autumn, it is also discussed in the autumn gallery.
Plant is an upright, smooth annual or perennial. Preferred habitat is roadsides, margin of woods and savannas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are opposite on the stem; divided into linear segments with each segment divided again.
Flowers are in an open, somewhat flat-topped cluster of heads that are symmetrical in shape. Disc flowers are bisexual; red; ray flowers are female and numerous; yellow in color with a red spot at the base; three-lobed at the tip. Flowers occur in the spring but extends well into summer.
Fruit is achene in which the outer layer is fused to the seed
These plants are a western variety that escaped to the east and found a perfect home on the Coastal Plain; easily cultivated but just as easy to escape again. Because of its showiness it is being used extensively in wildflower plots along Florida and Alabama highways.