Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Sun' - Smooth oxeye

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DESCRIPTION

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.

 

Benefits

  • 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
NATIVE INFO

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)

INTERESTING FACTS

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.

 

GROWING TIPS

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: 2-3'T x 2-3' W

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Sun Exposure: Full sun

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    A Special Note About Exposure

    Full sun: Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day
    Partial shade: Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine
    Shade: Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.

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