Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Sun' - Smooth oxeye
Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Sun'
This local native sunflower happily naturalizes in moist or dry conditions. Upright and clump forming with bright yellow flowers June through August. This selection is shorter than the species making it a better fit for today's urban gardens. Tough and easy to grow, staking is rarely necessary thanks to the strong, sturdy stems. Very attractive to nectar seekers. Great for cut flowers.
- Much more compact than the species reaching just 2-3’
- Daisy-like flowers bloom from summer right into fall
- Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies like painted ladies
- Ground feeding birds will relish the seeds in autumn
- Low maintenance, easy to grow, great cut flower
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.