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False Sunflower or Smooth Ox-eye 'Bleeding Hearts'(Heliopsis helianthoides var.)

False Sunflower or Smooth Ox-eye 'Bleeding Hearts'(Heliopsis helianthoides var.)

Zone: 3 to 9

Height: 3.00 to 4.00 feet

Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet

Bloom Time: July to September

Bloom Description: Orange and yellow bicolor

Sun: Full sun

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Low

Flower: Showy, Good Cut

Leaf: Colorful

Attracts: Birds, Butterflies

Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Clay Soil, Dry Soil


Dark purple foliage with black stems contrasts against fiery red-orange blooms. A seed selection by Jelitto Perennial Seeds, H. helianthoides 'Bleeding Hearts' stands 3-4' tall and 1-2’ wide. It begins blooming in its first year and blooms from June to mid-October. As attractive to butterflies and bees as it is to people, we've found this plant really deserves a place in a beautiful border, a cutting garden, or in massed swathes. Introduced by Jelitto Perennial Seeds in 2018.


H. helianthoides is found in floodplains, fields and at woods' edge in Quebec and British Columbia south to New Mexico and Georgia. It prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun, but tolerates periods of drought and heavy clay soils. One of its best features is how it happily naturalizes in a broad range of soil conditions, from moist to dry. Variety scabra denotes species is endemic to the Western United States.


Unlike the straight species, H. ‘Bleeding Hearts’ maintains a tidier habit and doesn’t self-sow as densely. We find it to be a long season performer and ‘Bleeding Hearts’ the deep colored flowers and reliable hue of the foliage shows marked improvement from other cultivars on the market. 


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