Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Nights' - Smooth oxeye

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Deer Resistant Bird Friendly Full Sun  Butterfly Friendly

smooth oxeye
Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Nights'
This mid-summer bloomer has deep golden yellow flowers with mahogany centers topping dark red stems and red-tinged foliage. This is a stunning native selection with outstanding wildlife benefits.


  • Nectar attracts butterflies and other pollinators
  • Seed source for birds and other critters
  • Stems provide winter cover for beneficial insects
  • Good cut flower
  • Tough plant that thrives in a variety of sites

Native Range

Often found on sandy soil but is quite adaptable.

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)


This plant looks like and is closely related to the true sunflowers and is sometimes called a false sunflower. It's name comes from Greek and means resembling the sun.



Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun, but may tolerate drought. Propagate by seed, cuttings or division every 2-3 years. Deadhead to extend the blooming season. Low maintenance. Best utilized in the back of a border garden to accent lower growing, brightly colored perennials, as well as wildflower and cutting gardens.


Mature Size: 36-48"T x 18-24"W

Hardiness Zone: 4-9


Sun Exposure: Full sun

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