Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Nights'

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Common Name:
False Sunflower
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Garden Height:
36 Inches
Garden Spread:
24-30 Inches
  • A classic native prairie plant with yellow flowers through summer
  • Great for butterfly gardens, rain gardens, & informal borders
  • Drought tolerant when established

Bright golden yellow flowers are stunning against the glossy, green, triangular foliage. The flowers are attractive to butterflies and have strong stems, which make them great cut flowers. It is a very heat tolerant and an excellent maintenance free plant that is perfect for the back of borders.

Uses: Borders, Mass Planting
Notable Features: Native, Cut Flower
Growth Habit: Upright

Homeowner Growing Tips: Amend soil with compost before planting. False Sunflowers prefer moist, well-drained soils. May be pruned back by up to half in early June to produce a more compact plant that is less prone to flopping during bloom. Red aphids may appear early in summer; these are more unsightly than harmful, and may be blasted off with the hose, or sprayed with insecticidal soap. Divide every three years in spring or fall to maintain vigor.

Review (1)

  • Great bloomer

    Posted by Leigh on Oct 12th 2019

    This plant never stopped blooming, and is still going strong on October 12! I’m looking forward to next year, to see how well it comes back in my butterfly garden. I love the way it looks, and did need to stake it. The plant I received was healthy and strong, and took off as soon as I planted it. It survived our intense heat and drought, with three of the hottest months ever.