Sunflower, False (Early) Oxe-eye
|Plant Height||2.5 to 5 ft.|
|Botanical Name||Heliopsis helianthoides|
False Sunflower or Oxeye, is a perennial forb growing 2.5-5 feet tall. It is native to the eastern half of the United States and Canada where it inhabits upland prairies and open grasslands. Preferring full sunlight and dry to medium soils, it is commonly found growing with native warm season grass species. Bright yellow flowers atop this plant from July-August, a period that can be extended in a garden setting with the removal of spent flowers. Spreading via seed, it is not highly aggressive, making it a great addition to butterfly or native gardens, especially in hard to water areas.