Ox Eye Sunflower

Ox Eye Sunflower

Heliopsis helianthoides

Height: 3 to 6'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: July to August

Bloom Color: Orange

Soil Moisture: Dry to Medium

Soil Type: Average, medium, well-drained soil; tolerates clay soil, prefers a loam., Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements: Full sun

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

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Heliopsis helianthoides, commonly called Oxeye Sunflower, is an upright, clump-forming, sunflower-like plant. It typically grows to 3-4′ tall and features daisy-like flowers with yellow-orange rays. A nice long summer bloom is provided by this species, lasting from June to August. This is an easy to grow plant that tolerates very light shade, drought, erosion areas, and a wide range of soils. This species has high wildlife value – it’s relied upon by many types of oligolectic bees (meaning they rely on very specific plants for nectar & pollen); it’s also the host plant for the Painted Lady Butterfly (pictured above), as well as various types of Checkerspots. All-in-all this is a lovely, pollinator-attracting addition to any garden, and it provides a long summer bloom. It really makes a statement in a perennial border, cutting garden, native or wild garden or even as part of a naturalized planting/prairie area.


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3 to 6'

Container Size


Bloom Time

July to August

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Dry to Medium

Soil Type

Average, medium, well-drained soil; tolerates clay soil, prefers a loam., Average, medium, well-drained.

Light Requirements

Full sun

Hardiness Zone


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Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

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