Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Nights' - 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
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