False Sunflower

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Very Large, Sunny & Crisp Native False Sunflower!

  • Bright Yellow Flowers
  • Floriferous Butterfly Magnet
  • Sturdy, Large Form
  • Hardy and Resilient
  • Thrives in Poor Soil
  • North America Native
  • Powdery Mildew Resistant
  • Sun Sun Sun!
  • Low-Maintenance & Easy to Grow
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Great Cut Flower

If you need a bold presence and a high-as-the-sun plant for your garden, look no further than the False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)!

Also known as Ox-Eye Daisy, these sunny faces are an easy-care, fast-growing, cheerful native perennial. A fun-loving plant has several other nicknames including Smooth Oxeye and Oxeye Sunflower.

Bold yellow blooms with darker yellow, near orange button centers, pump out the flowers all season until fall! Blooming for an incredibly long time, the color and quality are non-stop on with this sun-loving perennial!

Held tall on sturdy, almost woody stems, the course green leaves are a lovely backdrop for finer perennials and small shrubs throughout the year.

Fans of pollinators and butterflies will approve of this upright bloom factory! This is a great nectar source for butterflies and pollinators, and birds love the seeds in the fall as a bountiful food source to fatten up for the winter.

How to Use False Sunflower In The Landscape

False Sunflower is the native variety that produces bright yellow daisy-like blooms for months during the growing season. Because it gets quite tall, you can rely on it to be a backdrop for your garden rooms. The forest-green, coarse foliage sets the stage for smaller perennials, and of course, for those lovely blooms to shine.

Plant with blue or purple blooming plants for an incredible, high contrast display. Punch it up with pink flowering perennials, or pair False Sunflower with other warm shades of yellow and orange for an energetic, monochromatic, modern look.

Their height makes these perfect at the back of your garden border, or to use along a fence (or as the fence itself!) throughout the growing season. Wildflower plantings and cutting gardens are natural locations for these long-blooming plants!

Plant en masse for native gardens, prairie plantings and to easily naturalize an area, increasing the biodiversity and native plants in sunny areas and restoration plots. Hot, dry, sunny gardens are perfect for this tough, hardy plant.

Enduring even in waste areas, trouble areas and large swaths of hot dry spots in your landscape, False Sunflower will quickly make them your new favorite view with a mass planting of golden sunny faces!

#ProPlantTips For Care

A hardy native to most of the United States, False Sunflower are hardy to USDA growing zones 3-9! Just like miniature versions of the true Sunflower, these bold beauties provide loads of wildflower seeds as a nutritious food source for local birds.

True to their name and for the most continuous bloom, False Sunflower really shine their best in full sun! Open sunny areas with good air circulation are best. However, these natives are naturally more resistant to powdery mildew.

Water well to establish, but afterward, these have very low watering needs. They do prefer well-drained soils, however seem to thrive in about any type of soil conditions. This resilience transfers to their ability to tolerate even poor soil and urban conditions.

For best results, an application of regular fertilizer, or enriching your garden beds with compost, will help ensure the best longevity and health of your False Sunflower.

Prune back each late winter or early spring before it starts growing. This increases branching and removes old limbs.

Because this is a native wildflower, in some areas of the US, it may perform a little "too well". You are protected with our subscription to Plant Sentry™, which helps us comply with all local and state regulations for regionally invasive plants.

Add some sunshine to your garden beds this year with the low-maintenance radiance of False Sunflowers from Nature Hills Nursery today! You'll love this native selection's ability to spread joy!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 18.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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False Sunflower Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
Growing Zones 3-9
More Information
Brand Proven Winners
Botanical Name Heliopsis helianthoides
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Seed Heads in Late Summer/Fall
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No