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Want help Georgia DOT create colorful roadsides along our state highway system?   Purchase a Wildflower Tag!  Proceeds go into a special fund dedicated to the Wildflower Program. The proceeds also support other enhancement projects including research on the uses and value of planting native flora and native seed sources; planting of trees, shrubs and ground covers; and contract services to establish and preserve the enhancement projects. The annual fee for the Wildflower tag is $35.

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You can also make a donation to Wildflower Program. Checks should be made payable to the GDOT Roadside Enhancement & Beautification Fund and mailed to:

Georgia DOT Wildflower Program
Office of Maintenance
One Georgia Center
600 West Peachtree St, Ste 1044
Atlanta, GA 30308

The Wildflower Program began in 1974 when Mrs. Virginia Hand Callaway, then chair of the Birds and Wildflowers Committee of The Garden Club of Georgia, Inc., spearheaded the movement to plant and protect wildflowers on the roadsides. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and several Garden Club of Georgia members presented their ideas to Georgia DOT Commissioner Downing Musgrove, who enthusiastically endorsed the program.

Most wildflower seeds can be planted between October and December. Wildflowers should be planted in well-drained soil and in a location that is free from vegetation and receives lots of sunlight.


Other Tips

  • Rake or lightly till the soil to no more than an inch in depth. Deeply tilling the soil could result in awakening dormant weed seeds. The seeds only need to be planted at 1/8th of an inch deep.
  • Broadcast seed at the manufacturer’s recommended seeding rate.
  • Press the seed into the soil by walking over it or using a roller, to a depth of around 1/8th of an inch.
  • Adequate water is critical during germination and seedling establishment.
Wildflower
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Bur-Marigold/ Tickseed (Bidens aristosa)
Clasping Coneflower (Rudbeckia amplexicaulis)
Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)
Drummond Phlox (Phlox drummondii)
Golden Wave Coreopsis (Coreopsis basalis)
Indian Blanket/ Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella)
Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora • Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris)
Narrow-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus angustifolius)
Perennial Gaillardia (Gaillardia aristata)
Plains Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)
Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnaris)
Showy Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)
Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora)
Tickseed/Lance-leaved Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

Daffodils
Narcissus ‘Carlton’
Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’
Narcissus x odorus ‘Linnaeus’ (Campernelli)
Narcissus ‘Double Smiles’

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If you have any questions about our Wildflower Program feel free to contact us at:

One Georgia Center
600 West Peachtree St, NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 631-1398