Is this a type of Coreopsis? or a type of Cosmos? at the bottom of it on the ground, it is flat to the ground and about 8" around, then it comes up with thin stalks and the leaves look like a type of cosmos...but I can't be for sure.
Can anyone tell from this picture what it really is??
SOLVED: Is this what I think it is?
Boy is that pretty!? I want some, whatever it is. Looks like cosmos to me, are the leaves feathery like an asparagus fern sorta? How tall is it? How big are the blossoms?
The bloom is about the size of a quarter and they are a deep yellow color with a slight burgandy color in the center of it. The plant is about 3' tall and the leaves do look like the ones found on cosmos kinda feathery. I am trying to collect seeds from it, but so far I don't know if I have the right thing or not, but I will surely post them as soon as I know I have the seeds from it. and you are welcome to some of them.
You have Coreopsis tinctoria (Plains Coreopsis) A wonderful reseeding, pretty little annual.http://davesgarden.com/plants/go/31.html
I direct sowed some seeds for them a few years ago and now I have them every year.
As for finding the seeds, let the flower head turn crispy brown before harvesting them. The little black seeds will be inside the dry flower.
There's a pretty all red one too.
It's called Red plains coreopsis http://davesgarden.com/showthread/113405.html
O Joy Joy Joy!!! Thank you!!!! This is the same plant that I have in my bed also....I really like it and glad to hear that it will self sow for next year, I wouldn't care if it were all over the place, I think it is soo pretty and makes nice color in the beds.