GREEN ANATOMY - Coreopsis 'Nana' (Mouse-eared Tickseed)

For the billionth time…

Are there body parts in your gardens? Not exactly, we hope -- but there are some very fine plants named for anatomical features. And they won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’

“Mouse-eared tickseed”

Why “mouse-eared?” Because the specific epithet auriculata is Latin for “eared,” or “having ears.” It refers to two adorable little lobes (aww!) that form at the base of the main leaf. Cute as a bug’s ear!

C. ‘Nana’ is a dwarf form of an American native perennial that calls most of the Southeastern US home. Just 6 – 9” high, it’s a prolific producer of showy yellow/orange daisies up to 2” across. Strong spring flowering continues into late summer. Hardy in Zones 4 – 9.


Fun Fact: No, it wasn’t named by, or for, your grandmother. The Latin root “nanus” means dwarf. Used with the metric system, the form Nano = one billionth. In one nanosecond, light travels about a foot. Don’t blink, you’ll miss it!


Time to add a cute li’l native to your selection? We’re all ears. Give us a call or drop us an email, and we’ll set you up with Coreopsis auriculata ‘Nana’. It comes in slick-transplanting, quick-finishing 72 trays from Emerald Coast Growers – your easy choice!