Heliopsis helianthoides

False Sunflower

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False sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) is a native of the tallgrass prairie, and it makes a wonderful addition to a sunny perennial garden. It is fairly large and upright when grown in full sun, growing 4 feet wide and up to 6 feet tall. It tolerates a wide range of soils but prefers drier, well-drained beds. False sunflower blends in nicely in the late summer garden, with yellow flowers 2 to 3 inches in diameter, appearing in late summer and early fall. As with all sunflowers, it is a magnet for butterflies, honeybees, and hummingbirds.

Plant Shape
Full Sun
Bloom Time
May - June, July - August
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 9