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Heliopsis helianthoides Heliopsis helianthoides

Common Name(s):

  • Heliopsis
  • Ox-eye
  • Oxeye Sunflower
Phonetic Spelling
hee-lee-OP-sis hee-lee-an-THOY-dees
Description

Heliopsis helianthoides, commonly called ox eye, is an upright, clump-forming, nearly glabrous, sunflower-like, short-lived perennial that is native to eastern and central North America. It typically grows to 3-4' tall.  Heliopsis resembles sunflower, but flowers in midsummer on a much branched, shorter plant. Good cultivars include 'Light of Loddon' and 'Summer Sun.'

Plants in the genus Heliopsis are both similar in appearance to and closely related to those in the genus Helianthus, the true sunflower. Heliopsis is sometimes commonly called false sunflower.

Oxeye provides long summer bloom for the perennial border or cutting garden. Also effective in a native plant or wild garden or as part of a naturalized planting or prairie area.

Regions:  Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plains

Seasons of Interest: 

  Blooms:  Summer/late summer            Nut/Fruit/Seed:  Fall  

Wildlife Value: This plant is highly resistant to damage from deer.  Its flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators.  Its seed may be eaten by songbirds.   

Insects, Diseases, or Other Plant Problems: Some susceptibility to aphids. Taller plants may need staking or other support.

Cultivars:
  • Heliopsis helianthoides 'Sunstruck'
  • 'Light of Loddon'
  • 'Summer Sun'
Tags:
#fall#butterflies#sun#yellow#pollinators#songbirds#summer#orange#perennial#wildflowers#showy#cut flowers
Cultivars:
  • Heliopsis helianthoides 'Sunstruck'
  • 'Light of Loddon'
  • 'Summer Sun'
Tags:
#fall#butterflies#sun#yellow#pollinators#songbirds#summer#orange#perennial#wildflowers#showy#cut flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Heliopsis
    Species:
    helianthoides
    Family:
    Asteraceae
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Flower:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Orange
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds