Heliopsis helianthoides var. gracilis

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Smooth Oxeye

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:3-5 ft tall by 1-3 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Informal wildflower gardens.
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



Seeds eaten by birds.


Attracts butterflies and bees but the list of insects is diverse and includes hoverflies and soldier beetles.  The ground nesting bee, Holcopasites heliopis, is a specialist pollinator of Heliopsis helianthoides.

Native Habitats:Pine-oak-hickory woods, longleaf pinelands, bluffs.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures