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Coreopsis auriculata (Lobed Tickseed)

Lobed Tickseed, Early Coreopsis, Eared Coreopsis, Ear-Leaved Tickseed, Dwarf Tickseed


A favorite garden flower in the Southeast, Coreopsis auriculata (Lobed Tickseed) is a compact, stoloniferous, herbaceous perennial forming rosettes of ovate to elliptic, deep green leaves, 3 in. long (7 cm). Densely hairy, the leaves feature a pair of small lateral lobes, which resemble mouse ears, hence the common name. The leafy rosettes persist through most of the winter. Blooming profusely from early spring to early summer, and sporadically until frost, brilliant golden-yellow flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), rise well above the foliage. They attract butterflies and songbirds eat the seeds. Removing spent flowers regularly will encourage blooming to continue throughout the summer into fall. Tolerant of summer heat and humidity, this dwarf Coreopsis is a popular wildflower. It will slowly spread by underground runners to form an attractive colony. Lobed Tickseed can be used for borders, on slopes, and in rock gardens.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm).
  • Prefers full sun and enjoys medium moisture, well-drained soils. Plants tolerate humidity and some dry conditions, but are not as drought tolerant as some other species of Coreopsis. A leaf mulch is beneficial.
  • It is a welcomed addition to border fronts, naturalized areas or cottage gardens. Best in groups or massed or as a groundcover.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Tends to sprawl in moist and/or fertile soils. Crown rot may occur if grown in poorly drained soils. Deer resistant
  • Removing old flower heads promotes re-blooming and prevents the spread of this plant by seed. Midsummer shearing (after the first flush of flowers) should help tidy up the plant and promote a fall rebloom.
  • Divide every third year if want to reduce crowding.
  • Propagate by root division or seeds. Seeds may be sown outside in late fall or the following spring without any cold treatment.
  • Native to the southeastern U.S. from Virginia to Florida and Mississippi.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Coreopsis
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Coreopsis
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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