Heliopsis helianthoides

Common name: Early Sunflower

Native plant

This bundle of sunshine puts on quite a show!  Bright yellow flowers begin blooming early in the summer and last 2-3 months.  Bloom time can be extended by deadheading.  Flowers attract a number of bees and butterflies. Plants can become quite tall, but overall height can be reduced by cutting back stems by a third early to mid May.  


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Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Savannas

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
2 Feet
Max height
5 Feet
Max width
4 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Pollinator hot spot

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