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Heliopsis helianthoides (smooth oxeye)
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Heliopsis helianthoides

smooth oxeye

This local native sunflower happily naturalizes in moist or dry conditions. Upright and clump forming with bright, 2", single, medium gold flowers for eight weeks, peaking in July. Imagine, a self sowing butterfly magnet, that also doubles as a birdfeeder in the fall. Excellent cut flower!


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4-6 Feet


3-5 Feet


24 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

smooth oxeye Interesting Notes

Oxeye is somewhere in between Helianthus and Rudbeckia in effect. It has a shrubby habit and yellow discs and rays of some sunflowers, but the blooms are produced in great quantities on this stems above the foliage, much like Rudbeckia. It is one of the finest large summer bloomers for the garden, growing in a range of soils and forming thick, nonspreading clumps of braching stems, with toothed, opposite leaves that are clean, medium green. - W. Cullina, Growing and Propagating Wildflowers

The genus name is from the Greek helios, meaning sun, and opsis, meaning resembling.

Heliopsis helianthoides Growing and Maintenance Tips

H. helianthoides is found in flood plains, fields and at woods' edge in Quebec and British Columbia south to New Mexico and Georgia. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun, but may tolerate drought. Propagate by cuttings or division every 2-3 years. Staking is necessary especially in shade. Deadhead to extend the blooming season. Best utilized in the back of a border garden to accent lower growing, brightly colored perennials, as well as wildflower and cutting gardens.


Good Substitutions

Smooth ox-eye Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Bleeding Hearts'
smooth oxeye Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Green Infrastructure
Native to North America
Propagation Type
Open pollinated