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Mouse-eared Coreopsis Coreopsis auriculata

Previously known as:

  • Coreopsis auriculata var. diversifolia
  • Coreopsis diversifolia
  • Cymbaecarpa auriculata
Phonetic Spelling
kor-ee-OP-sis aw-rik-yoo-LAY-tuh
Description

Coreopsis auriculate, also know as mouse-eared tickseed is a native stoloniferous perennial in the Asteraceae family.  It grows easily and is low maintenance making its long blooms attractive in borders and beds and it naturalizes easily. It tolerates humidity well and some dry conditions, but it is not as drought tolerant as some other species of Coreopsis.  It is resistant to deer.

Deadheading of spent flower stalks is tedious for a large planting, but it will encourage additional bloom. Shear plants in mid-summer to promote a fall rebloom and to tidy lanky unkempt foliage. With ideal growing conditions, it spreads over time to form an attractive mass planting.  Do not fear the spread is easy to check if you need to keep it in line. Divide clumps in the spring to spread around your garden or share with friends.  

'Nana’ is a dwarf selection that typically grows to 6-9” tall so it works well in the front of a border or along an edge. Do not plant it from seeds collected from your own plant as it will not grow true to form.  Divide or take cuttings to propagate this cultivar.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems but crown rot may occur if grown in moist, poorly drained soils. It will sprawl out if grown in moist and/or fertile soils and it will show foliage burn in hot summer

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Nana'
    Dwarf
Tags:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Nana'
    Dwarf
Tags:
#hummingbirds#butterflies#yellow#birds#songbirds#wildlife plant#wildflowers#yellow flowers#nectar plant#rabbit resistant#food source#medium flammability#NC native#stolon#dry soil tolerant#deer resistant#dainty#vibrant#small flowers#butterfly garden#golden flowers#country garden#Eastern#borders#sandy soil tolerant#pollinator plant#native wildflower#food source summer#butterfly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Coreopsis
    Species:
    auriculata
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    VA & KY, s. to GA & LA, east of Mississippi River
    Distribution:
    AL , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , NC , SC , TN , VA , WV
    Fire Risk Rating:
    medium flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.  Songbirds eat the seed.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 0 ft. 9 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Late summer.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Ear-leaved tickseed has daisy-like flowers (to 2” wide) have 8 yellow rays (each having a three-lobed apex) surrounding a yellow center disk. Flowers bloom primarily from April to June atop upright flower stalks rising 18” tall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Ear-leaved tickseed has basal, hairy, ovate to elliptic leaves (to 3” long) are deep green. Each leaf has a distinctive pair of small lateral lobes at the base of the blade which resembles the shape of ears, hence the common names of ear-leaved tickseed or mouse-ear coreopsis.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Dry Soil
    Humidity
    Rabbits