Heliopsis helianthoides Burning Hearts

False Sunflower Burning Hearts




Burning Hearts False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides v. scrabra Burning Hearts) is an outstanding, large-growing, new, native plant cultivar with huge yellow and red daisy-like flowers in mid- to late summer.

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Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot


48" tall x 18-24" wide. Burning Hearts False Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides v. scrabra Burning Hearts) is an outstanding new native plant cultivar with large yellow and red daisy-like flowers in mid- to late summer. Developed by European breeders, this large growing perennial is recommended for attracting butterflies and other pollinators to its numerous nectar-rich flowers. Extremely cold hardy, it's an excellent choice for northern gardeners all the way to the Canadian border. Resistant to browsing rabbits and deer, this plant is a 'must have' easy-to-grow new variety.
Common Name False Sunflower Burning Hearts
Botanical Name Heliopsis helianthoides Burning Hearts
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Orange, Yellow
Mature Height 48" tall
Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant, Native
Additional Information Jelitto Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips On Growing Heliopsis  (False Sunflower or Ox Eye)
Heliopsis  (False Sunflower or Ox Eye) is a North American wildflower known for its showy flowers and rugged constitution.
Preferred growing conditions:

  • Grow in infertile (lean) soil types but avoid clay.
  •  Place in full sun exposure.
  • Water transplants regularly for best garden performance. It can tolerate dry conditions but will not bloom well.
  • Deadheading will prolong blooming, but allow the plants to set seed later in the season to feed song birds.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with a half and half mix of Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost applied as a topdressing around the plant.

Special Comments:

  • Pinching the tips of the stems in late spring/early summer will make the plants more compact and produce more flowers later in the summer when it blooms.
  • Leave the plants standing over winter, as the seeds are readily eaten by songbirds.
  • Too much water and rich soil will cause the plants to become lanky and flop over.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.


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A underdeveloped plant


from Greenville sc

Comments about High Country Gardens Heliopsis helianthoides Burning Hearts:


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I grew 8 Heliopsis 'Burning Hearts' plants this past summer


from Columbia, Missouri

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Comments about High Country Gardens Heliopsis helianthoides Burning Hearts:

I planted 10 seeds on the late side - June 7 here in Central Missouri this past summer.
I was able to get 8 mature plants rather fast and all had lots of flowers.
They lived mostly up to expectations. Each plant varied a bit in its appearance, so
not a very uniform appearance, which didn't bother me but might for some people.
Lovely bicolor blooms that are similar to some of the better Black Eyed Susan cultivars.
A nice reddish mahogany center that lasted well into maturity of the flowers. Nice very dark
purple stems, leaves that are dark green with a hint of purple with purple veins. I took away
one star in that all the plants flopped to the ground, I was hoping for stiffer stems. All were
under two feet this first season, but should be taller next year and perhaps have stiffer stems.
Probably dead heading the flowers once they start loosing their bicolor characteristic would
be a good idea and improve the overall look and maybe promote even heavier flowering. Overall
a very nice unique Heliopsis and I recommend it to others to try in that it is easy to grow (in near or full sun).

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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