Wildlife and Wildflowers


Well, mostly wildflowers, particularly Heliopsis helianthoides, also known as Ox-eye Daisy or False Sunflower, is a native perennial wildflower to Eastern US and Eastern Canada.

Bumble on a False Sunflower

Bumble on a False Sunflower

It grows 3 to 6 ft. high and 2 to 4 ft. wide in an upright bushy clump, full to part sun in dry to moist soil and is fairly drought resistant.  Great for cut flowers and the butterflies and bees love it.

Loads of sunny yellow flowers

This plant is 5 ft. tall and 3 ft. wide in it’s 3rd year.

False Sunflowers readily self-seed and can fill up any space it has. It can be kept in check by pulling up the unwanted plants. Unfortunately, it also tends to attract red aphids. Some years are so bad I have to cut the plant down and say better luck next year. Other years, there are little or no problems.

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Loaded with sunny yellow 2 inch flowers from June until early Autumn.

Propagate by seed, plant division in spring or rooting stem cuttings. In rich soil or shady areas, it tends to get floppy. The plant can be cut back in late spring for a more compact bushy plant, but it will bloom a bit later. Keep it deadheaded to extend the blooms into early autumn.

All photos by buzz.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Elaine on June 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Excellent!

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  2. Hmm this looks like what we call our “Happy Plant” that we were going to send you seeds for many years ago. It might be a little different but it’s definitely easy to grow, and looks good out there amongst the random crap in our garden…

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