Coreopsis auriculata nana ‘Elfin Gold’

(Ear-leaved Tickseed 'Elfin Gold')


Hardiness Zones:

 4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Elfin Gold’ is a stoloniferous, dwarf cultivar which typically forms a foliage mat to 3-5″ tall consisting of dense, bushy, slowly-spreading clumps of short, broad-oval, shiny deep green leaves (to 1-3″ long). Numerous bright golden-yellow daisy-like flowers (1-2″ diameter) with yellow rays (toothed at the tip) and yellow center disks appear singly on naked stems above the foliage in late spring to early summer. With cold weather, the foliage often acquires a burgundy cast. Makes a great border plant or groundcover for full sun, average to poor soil that drains well. As with all coreopsis, this one is quite drought tolerant once established.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)


Easily grown in medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Plants tolerate humidity and some dry conditions, but generally are not as drought tolerant as most other species of Coreopsis. Prompt deadheading of spent flower stalks can be tedious for a large planting, but does tend to encourage additional bloom. Plants may be sheared in mid to late summer to promote a fall rebloom and to remove any sprawling or unkempt foliage. In optimum growing conditions, plants will spread in the garden over time by stolons to form an attractive ground cover, but spread is easy to check.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Ear-leaved Tickseed 'Elfin Gold'

Botanical Name

Coreopsis auriculata nana 'Elfin Gold'


1 Quart

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements



5 in.


18 in.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

late April to June, September

Flower Color

golden yellow



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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