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Coreopsis auriculata (Lobed Tickseed)

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

Coreopsis auriculata, Lobed Tickseed, Early Coreopsis, Eared Coreopsis, Ear-Leaved Tickseed, Dwarf Tickseed, Drought tolerant plants, dry soil plants, heat tolerant plants, humidity tolerant plants, yellow flowers

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 to 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, and 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 you 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.

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 Compositae
Genus Coreopsis
Common names Tickseed, 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" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Coreopsis verticillata ‘Curry Up’ (Threadleaf Coreopsis)
Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Sunfire’ (Tickseed)
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Grandiflora’ (Threadleaf Coreopsis)
Coreopsis UPTICK™ Yellow and Red (Tickseed)
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Broad Street’ (Threadleaf Coreopsis)
Coreopsis ‘Citrine’ (Tickseed)

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Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’ (New England Aster)
Echinacea purpurea ‘Kim’s Knee High’ (Coneflower)
Geranium Rozanne (Cranesbill)
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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 Compositae
Genus Coreopsis
Common names Tickseed, 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" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Southeast, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage
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