Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra
Light up the mid to late summer garden with masses of sunflower like blooms on 3-4’ tall stems with attractive reddish tinged leaves. The flowers are golden yellow with mahogany centers, 2-3” wide – they make excellent cut flowers and are loved by butterflies and other pollinators. You can deadhead the flowers to prolong the season, and any spent flower heads left on the plant will provide seeds for songbirds in the fall. Gorgeous massed behind shorter plants and it naturally arches gracefully if not staked. To keep the plant shorter, cut the stems back by one half in late spring. Grows to 3’ wide, so plant 2-3’ part in regular soil and divide every 4 years to keep it vigorous. A wildflower from the eastern USA, Heliopsis can tolerate heat, humidity and some drought, but provide moderate watering for best results.