Heliopsis helianthoides var. gracilis

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

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


Recommended Uses:Informal wildflower gardens.
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam



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.