Coreopsis auriculata ‘Elfin Gold’
Dwarf Mouse-ear Tickseed
Bloom Time: Mid spring to early summer
Coreopsis auriculata ‘Elfin Gold’ is a dwarf cultivar which typically forms a foliage mat up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall, consisting of dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval leaves. They are shiny, deep green and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. The flowers are bright golden-yellow, daisy-like, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, with yellow rays and yellow center disks and appear singly on naked stems above the foliage in late spring to early summer.
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 fade. 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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