Heliopsis helianthoides 'Tuscan Sun'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 3 Professionals
Common Name: ox-eye daisy
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: Yellow with orange-gold center
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil


Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers moist, humusy soils but tolerates some drought. Generally tolerates a wide range of soils, including poor, infertile ones. Tolerates some light shade. Remove spent flowers to extend bloom season.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Heliopsis helianthoides, commonly called ox eye, is an upright, clump-forming, nearly glabrous, sunflower-like, short-lived perennial that is native to eastern and central North America. It typically grows to 3-4' tall and features daisy-like flowers (2-3” diameter) with yellow-orange rays surrounding brownish-yellow center cones. Flowers bloom throughout summer atop stiff stems clad with ovate, toothed leaves (to 6" long).

Plants in the genus Heliopsis are both similar in appearance to and closely related to those in the genus Helianthus, the true sunflower. Heliopsis is sometimes commonly called false sunflower.

Genus name is from Greek helios meaing sun and opsis meaning resembling.

‘Tuscan Sun’ is a dwarf oxeye cultivar that is perhaps the shortest member of the genus available in commerce today. It typically grows to only 15-20” tall. Daisy-like flowers (2” diameter) with yellow rays with orange-gold centers bloom throughout summer atop stiff stems. Plants are well-branched plants with ovate, dark green leaves.


No serious insect or disease problems. Red aphids are occasional visitors. Reportedly has some resistance to powdery mildew.

Garden Uses

Rock gardens, beds and borders. Also appropriate for containers.