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Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Bleeding Hearts' (Smooth ox-eye)
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Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Bleeding Hearts'

Smooth ox-eye

Dark purple foliage with black stems contrasts against fiery red-orange blooms
Sturdy healthy habit
Reliable first year flowering
Attracts pollinators
Good cut flower

Another Heliopsis seed selection by Jelitto Perennial Seeds, Heliopsis helianthoides 'Bleeding Hearts' stands 4' tall with dark purple foliage and black stems providing a perfect foil for the blooms beginning at a fire red then orange-red turning to bronze colored as they fade. 'Bleeding Hearts' begins blooming in its first year and blooms from June to mid-October. 

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Bleeding Hearts' LP50 - 50 per flat Availability
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3-4 ft


12-18 in


18 in

Bloom Color

Red Orange

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

Smooth ox-eye Interesting Notes

Heliopsis helianthoides, commonly called ox eye, is an upright, clump-forming, nearly glabrous, sunflower-like, short-lived perennial that is native to eastern and central North America. It typically grows to 3-4' tall and features daisy-like flowers (2-3” diameter) with yellow-orange rays surrounding brownish-yellow center cones. Flowers bloom throughout summer atop stiff stems clad with ovate, toothed leaves (to 6" long). -Missouri Botanical Garden

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Bleeding Hearts' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant tolerates a wide range of soil types and conditions including infertile soil and some periods of drought. Plants will need watering during prolonged periods of drought. Plant can grow upwards of 4' - to encourage more blooms and a shorter height, trim 1/3 to 1/2 of the plant in mid-May. Plant can take light shade but does best in full sun. 

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar
Ornamental Foliage
Native to North America