FALSE SUNFLOWER

Heliopsis helianthoides

False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides  got its name from the fact that although it is similar in looks, it is not the same as the perennial sunflower in the genus, and therefore, has been given the common name of false sunflower. However it is a reliable bloomer and its bright yellow flowers provide an exciting contrast to the other colors in your beds. Any native garden should include it because it’s a North American native which attracts pollinators, making it an excellent choice for an eco-friendly landscape. Furthermore, false sunflowers – which thrive in hot, dry climates – offer many advantages in addition to their beautiful yellow flowers. They naturally extract pollutants (such as zinc, copper or cadmium) through their roots. This process is called phytoextraction.

SPECS: Genus: Heliopsis ; Species: Helianthoides; Plant Type: Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Mesic (middle), Well Drained; Height: 3′ — 6′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Time: July — August; Bloom Color: Orange, Yellow; Advantages: Birds, Low maintenance, Pollinator conservation, Pollinators, Showy; USDA Zone: 3 — 9; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Butterflies, Honey bees, Hummingbird moths, Moths, Songbirds, Sweat bees; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Rabbits; Plant Community: Some favorite companion plants for False Sunflower are Echinacea, Liatris, Black-eyed Susan, Wild Bergamot & Ironweed.;