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Ox-eye Sunflower

Heliopsis helianthoides

Long bloom time; the yellow flowers are pretty with purple flowers; not as aggressive as true sunflowers



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Heliopsis helianthoides, commonly called ox-eye sunflower, is a native short lived perennial forb (wildflower).  It typically grows to 3-4′ tall and features yellow, daisy-like flowers.

Wildlife notes

The nectar and pollen of the flowerheads attract a wide variety of insects, including honeybees, bumblebees, and little carpenter bees. Little is known about this plant’s relationships to vertebrate animals, but they are probably similar to those of sunflowers (Helianthus spp.).

Forage notes

This species is palatable to livestock.

Landscaping notes

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Ox-eye sunflower tolerates drought but does best if regularly watered. Tolerates a wide range of soils, including poor, dry, and clayey.  Remove spent flowers to extend bloom season. Provides long summer bloom for the perennial border or cutting garden. Also effective in a native plant or wild garden or as part of a naturalized planting or prairie area.

Restoration notes

It is a fairly common plant, favoring areas with a history of disturbance. Habitats include black soil prairies, river-bottom prairies, grassy meadows in wooded areas, open woodlands, woodland borders, savannas, thickets, limestone glades, banks of streams, and remnant prairies.

This plant is commonly used in the following mixes: Wildlife Chuckwagon Mix, Wet Meadow Mix, Shadows & Sunbeams Mix, and Prairie Patchwork Mix

Videos About This Plant

To learn more about this plant, check out our videos about it and its uses.

Wildlife Chuckwagon Mix

Wet Meadow Mix

Prairie Patchwork Mix

Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade

Seeding Rate

6 bulk lbs/acre


Average, Moist



Bloom Month

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep



Specialty Uses

Wildlife, Landscaping

Cattle Palatability


# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

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