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Plant of the Week: Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’ (Mouse-ear Tickseed cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter.

The mouse-ear tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata) is native to the southeastern United States, where it is found in open woodland and pine barrens. the-plant

It blooms earlier than other species of tickseed, and is usually covered in orange-yellow flowers by late spring.close-up

‘Nana’ is a low-growing cultivar and makes a handsome ground cover, as can be seen in the Wild Garden now.the-setting

Members of the genus Coreopsis are commonly called “tickseeds” for the rather obvious reason that the seeds could indeed be mistaken for small, black ticks. The mouse-ear part of the common name refers to the small lobes at the base of each leaf, which look a little like the ears of a mouse.mouse-ears

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