Coreopsis auriculata; photo by BlueRidgeKitties on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike)
Mississippi designated coreopsis as the official state wildflower in 1991. Coreopsis (the common name is tickseed) is a group of 35 species of flowering plants. Twenty-eight species of coreopsis are native to North America and the others come from Central and South America. Coreopsis ranges in color from golden to pink.