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False Sunflower

Heliopsis scabra

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False Sunflower (Heliopsis scabra) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Heliopsis scabra flowers

Heliopsis scabra flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

False Sunflower (Heliopsis scabra) at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Heliopsis scabra in bloom

Heliopsis scabra in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Rough Heliopsis

Ornamental Features

False Sunflower has masses of beautiful gold daisy flowers with brown eyes and yellow anthers at the ends of the stems from early summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated oval leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

False Sunflower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

False Sunflower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

False Sunflower will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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