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Heliopsis helianthoides is often confused with:
Helianthus Helianthus spp.
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Oenothera fruticosa Oenothera fruticosa
Rudbeckia fulgida Rudbeckia fulgida
Coreopsis major leaves and flowers

Heliopsis helianthoides

Previously known as:

  • Heliopsis scabra
Phonetic Spelling
hee-lee-OP-sis hee-lee-an-THOY-dees
Description

Heliopsis helianthoides is similar to Helianthus, the true sunflower. It is an easy to grow plant that flourishes in moist to dry, open woodlands, prairies and; fields. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, including poor soil but does best in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. 

Ox-Eye is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 3 to 5 feet tall. The leaves are opposite with a toothed margin and a sandpapery texture. Yellow flowers with a golden center mature from mid-summer into the fall.

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

Fire Risk: This plant has a medium flammability rating. 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Light of Loddon'
    bright yellow, 3" wide semi-double flowers
  • 'Lorraine Sunshine'
    yellow daisy-like flowers with variegated foliage (white with green veins)
  • 'Summer Nights'
    Golden yellow flowers with mahogany red centers
  • 'Summer Sun'
    3" double golden flowers
  • 'Sunstruck'
    Similar to ‘Loraine Sunshine’ but more compact, with more ray florets and a deeper flower color
  • 'Tuscan Sun'
    Compact, up to 18", yellow flowers. Good for containers
Tags:
#hummingbirds#butterflies#sun#yellow#songbirds#partial shade#summer#orange#perennial#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#cut flowers#fall interest#cottage garden#moist soil#food source#fire#medium flammability#NC native#well-drained soil#native garden#cutting garden#pollinator plant#native wildflower#clumping#fall food source#poor soils tolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Light of Loddon'
    bright yellow, 3" wide semi-double flowers
  • 'Lorraine Sunshine'
    yellow daisy-like flowers with variegated foliage (white with green veins)
  • 'Summer Nights'
    Golden yellow flowers with mahogany red centers
  • 'Summer Sun'
    3" double golden flowers
  • 'Sunstruck'
    Similar to ‘Loraine Sunshine’ but more compact, with more ray florets and a deeper flower color
  • 'Tuscan Sun'
    Compact, up to 18", yellow flowers. Good for containers
Tags:
#hummingbirds#butterflies#sun#yellow#songbirds#partial shade#summer#orange#perennial#wildlife plant#wildflowers#showy#cut flowers#fall interest#cottage garden#moist soil#food source#fire#medium flammability#NC native#well-drained soil#native garden#cutting garden#pollinator plant#native wildflower#clumping#fall food source#poor soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Heliopsis
    Species:
    helianthoides
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Central and eastern North America
    Distribution:
    Southern Quebec to Florida, West to southeast British Columbia and to New Mexico
    Fire Risk Rating:
    medium flammability
    Wildlife Value:
    Its flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Its seed may be eaten by songbirds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Oxeyes have yellow-orange rays surrounding brownish-yellow center cones.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Erosion
    Heat
    Poor Soil