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.