Coreopsis auriculata 'Elfin Gold' (Dwarf Mouse-ear Tickseed)

Scientific Name

Coreopsis auriculata 'Elfin Gold'

Common Names

Dwarf Mouse-ear Tickseed

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Coreopsideae
Genus: Coreopsis


Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mid-spring to early summer


Coreopsis auriculata 'Elfin Gold' is a dwarf cultivar that typically forms a foliage mat consisting of dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval leaves. It grows up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. Leaves are shiny deep green and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. Flowers are daisy-like, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, bright golden-yellow with yellow rays and yellow center disks. They appear singly on naked stems above the foliage in late spring to early summer.

Coreopsis auriculata 'Elfin Gold' (Dwarf Mouse-ear Tickseed)
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USDA hardiness zone 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most varieties are very easy to grow and are not particular about soil quality or soil pH. Many can be grown from seed, either started indoors, 4-6 weeks before your last expected frost, or direct-seeded outdoors. Many will seed themselves. However, the hybrid varieties do not grow true to seed.

Coreopsis will need regular water when first planted until they are established. After that, they are quite drought-tolerant.

Deadheading will keep the plants blooming throughout the summer. Some of the smaller flowered varieties are difficult to deadhead, and you may prefer to shear the plants once the first flush of flowers fades. They will fill in quickly.

Most Coreopsis plants will form tidy clumps, but some of the taller species may require staking to look attractive, especially if grown in partial shade.

Although they are rugged plants, they don't tend to live more than 3 to 5 years. A decrease in flowering is a signal it is time to divide the plants or plant some new ones from seed. See more at How to Grow and Care for Coreopsis.


Coreopsis auriculata 'Elfin Gold' is a dwarf cultivar of Coreopsis auriculata.


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