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Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts' (smooth oxeye)
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Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts'

smooth oxeye

Heliopsis helianthoides 'Burning Hearts' is a beautiful, vibrant cultivar, sure to draw the eye. A frequent show-stopper during our garden tours, this plant's dynamic yellow-orange flowers are offset by its deep purple foliage. As attractive to butterflies and bees as it is to people, we've found this plant really deserves a place in a beautiful border, a cutting garden, or in massed swathes. 

Dark purple foliage contrasts bright yellow-orange bicolored flowers
Sturdy habit
Reliable first year flowering
Attracts pollinators
Good cut flower

A seed selection by Jelitto Perennial Seeds, Heliopsis helianthoides 'Burning Hearts' stands 4' tall with dark red purple foliage and abundant contrasting yellow daisy-like flowers with orange centers. Plant begins blooming in its first year and blooms from June to mid-October. 

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts' LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts' - 50 per flat Availability
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3-4 Feet


12-18 Inches


12-18 Inches

Bloom Color

Red, Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

smooth oxeye 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 'Burning 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. 

Good Substitutions

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

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Native to North America
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar