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

smooth oxeye

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. 

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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 var. scabra '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. A seed selection by Jelitto Perennial Seeds, H. helianthoides 'Burning Hearts' stands 4' tall and 2’ wide. It begins blooming in its first year and blooms from June to mid-October. 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. Introduced by Jelitto Perennial Seeds in 2016.

H. helianthoides is found in floodplains, fields and at woods' edge in Quebec and British Columbia south to New Mexico and Georgia. It prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun, but tolerates periods of drought and heavy clay soils. One of its best features is how it happily naturalizes in a broad range of soil conditions, from moist to dry. Variety scabra denotes species is endemic to the Western United States.

Unlike the straight species, H. ‘Burning Hearts’ maintains a tidier habit and doesn’t self-sow as densely. We find it to be a long season performer and ‘Burning Hearts’ the deep colored flowers and reliable hue of the foliage shows marked improvement from other cultivars on the market. 

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.

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smooth oxeye Heliopsis helianthoides
smooth oxeye Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Bleeding Hearts'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Wetland Indicator Status
Obligate Upland (UPL)
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Landscape Plug™
Native to North America
Ornamental Foliage
Clay Tolerance
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Propagation Type
Seed cultivar