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Coreopsis auriculata

Lobed tickseed, Early coreopsis, Eared coreopsis, Dwarf tickseed

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Coreopsis auriculata (Lobed tickseed)
Bruso, George H.
This hardy, low-growing coreopsis bears densely hairy, basal and stem leaves and small, bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers. The attractive foliage of the leafy rosettes persists through most of the winter. This coreopsis is unique in its dwarf, compact habit. It grows only 4-24 in. high. Plants spread and form colonies via runners.

The main bloom period is from Apr. to May but the plant will produce scattered flowers until frost.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Inflorescence: Head
Size Notes: Leaves rarely more than 4 inches from the ground. Flowers normally 6 inches to 2 feet high.
Flower: Flowers 1 to 2 inches wide
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Blooms best in full sun.


USA: AL , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , NC , SC , TN , VA , WV
Native Distribution: VA & KY, s. to GA & LA, east of Mississippi River
Native Habitat: Thin woods; wood edges; thickets; woodland openings; Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) savannah

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8) , Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Rich, acid soils. Tolerates lime.
Conditions Comments: For best results, early coreopsis needs 3-4 hours of sunlight per day. Flowers will be fewer and will lean too much with less. The main bloom period is from Apr. to May but the plant will produce scattered flowers until frost. A leaf mulch is beneficial.


Use Ornamental: A favorite garden flower in the Southeast.
Use Wildlife: Flowers attract butterflies. Seed attracts songbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes

Last Update: 2013-09-09