Heliopsis helianthoides (Common ox-eye)
Common ox-eye Description:
Heliopsis helianthoides, commonly known as false sunflower or oxeye, is a herbaceous perennial plant in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It is native to North America and can be found growing in a variety of habitats, including prairies, meadows, and along roadsides.
The plant typically grows to a height of 2 to 6 feet and has an upright habit with branching stems and dark green leaves that are up to 5 inches (13 cm) long. In mid to late summer, it produces a profusion of daisy-like flowers that are typically bright yellow, although they can also be orange or reddish-brown. The flowers have a prominent central disk that is surrounded by drooping ray flowers.
Heliopsis helianthoides is a hardy and easy-to-grow plant that prefers full sun and well-drained soil, although it can also tolerate some drought. It is commonly used in prairie gardens, meadow gardens, and other naturalistic landscapes. In addition to its ornamental value, it is also valued for its ecological importance, as it provides habitat and food for a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. It is also commonly used as a cut flower in floral arrangements. The plant can spread by rhizomes, so it may need to be controlled in some situations.
Common ox-eye is native to most of Central and Eastern United States. It is common across most of Minnesota.
Standard Plant Information:
Plant Height: 2' - 6'
Bloom Time: June - September
Preferred Habitat: Does well in part shade to full sun. Often found in prairies, roadsides, railroads, and woodland edges and thickets.