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Heliopsis helianthoides (Early Sunflower)

Heliopsis helianthoides (Early Sunflower)
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Summer in the prairie can be a parade of yellow composite flowers! Often the first to show is the Heliopsis. It is possible to hike from a fairly moist, almost wetland situation to the driest south facing hillside and Early Sunflower can be found all along the way.

Heliopsis helianthoides, variously dubbed Early Sunflower, Sweet Smooth Oxeye, Heliopsis Sunflower, False Sunflower and other common names, is a member of the Aster family. Unlike true sunflowers and most asters, both its disk and ray flowers are capable of producing seed. It blooms profusely through the summer on thin stems above the foliage, in the manner of Rudbeckia.

Easily grown and quick to develop, Heliopsis helianthoides long has been popular in Europe and many large-flowered cultivars have been developed using its western variety.  Early Sunflower can be aggressive and therefore may not be suitable for small landscape plantings. It is a short-lived perennial.

Dormant bare root plants ship each year during optimal transplanting season: Fall (October) or Spring (April/May).

Potted plants come in a tray of 38 plants and ship mid-May through late-June. Click here if you prefer to mix/match up to 6 species in a tray.


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Catalog Number HEL82F
Seeds / Packet 500
Seeds / Ounce 6,300
Germination Code C(30)
Wetland Code FACU
USDA Zones 3-8
Plant Spacing 18-36"
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic  Mesic (Medium)  Dry-Mesic 
Height 5 feet 
Bloom Color Yellow 
Bloom Time June  July  Aug  Sept 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds  Roots  Pots 
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1 oz. $3.00
1 lb. $45.00
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3 - 11 $5.00
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Heliopsis helianthoides (Early Sunflower)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
BONAP Map Key
Present in state Present in county; native to state Not present in state  
Present in county, adventive in state    
Baptisia alba (White Wild Indigo) Echinacea pallida (Pale Purple Coneflower) Desmodium canadense (Showy Tick Trefoil)
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