DESCRIPTION: Bright beautiful gold blooms lit up by mahogany centers, this native plant is low maintenance and extremely beneficial to pollinators; leave standing over winter so songbirds can feast on the...
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DESCRIPTION: Bright beautiful gold blooms lit up by mahogany centers, this native plant is low maintenance and extremely beneficial to pollinators; leave standing over winter so songbirds can feast on the seeds; prefers moist, well-drained soil but can survive drought

BOTANICAL NAME: Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Nights'
OTHER NAMES: Oxeye Daisy, Perennial Sunflower
AVERAGE HEIGHT: 150 cm
AVERAGE SPREAD: 100 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: Gold with coppery bronze eye
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Deep green with slight purple tinge
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Birds & Butterflies, Border, Cut Flowers

Ornamental Features

Summer Nights False Sunflower has masses of beautiful gold daisy flowers with coppery-bronze eyes at the ends of the stems from early summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated oval leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Summer Nights False Sunflower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Summer Nights False Sunflower is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

Planting & Growing

Summer Nights False Sunflower will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. The flower stalks can be weak and so it may require staking in exposed sites or excessively rich soils. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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