Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra Sunburst

False Sunflower

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Plant Code: HESR

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‘Whoa what is that?’ is a familiar cry when this beauty is spotted in our greenhouses. Dramatic green veining paints each leaf with intricate patterns amidst the creamy foliage. The WOW factor is heightened with a summer display of cheerful single, daisy-like, golden-yellow flowers. As the season progresses, the foliage tends to green up a bit.

Heliopsis is best in full sun. Favored by butterflies, as they love to perch on the flat blossoms to sip nectar.


Type: Perennials
Height: Medium 30-36"
Spacing: Plant 18-24" apart
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 4-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower: Yellow
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Beneficial for Pollinators
  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • Long-Blooming

Heliopsis General Information

Heliopsis are long blooming and care free. Great in mass plantings. Simply covered in cheery blooms on sturdy, well-branched plants. Deadheading will prolong the display even longer. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Heliopsis Plant Care

No special care needed. Does not like to be dry for extended periods. Can be divided every 4 years or so in spring or fall. If height control is needed, can be cut back by one-half in late spring before flowering. Remove seed heads to avoid overabundance of volunteer plants.