Sunday Morning Sunflower

(Sunday, 03 August 2008) by Michele Cozzens

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Each day someone asks: “What kind of flowers are those?” The simple answer is: “False Sunflowers.” Here’s the more complicated answer:

Heliopsis helianthoides, False Sunflower or Oxeye Sunflower, is a hearty perennial with several two-to-three-inch golden flowers. It's a member of the daisy family. Native False Sunflower plants grow up to six feet tall in light shade to full sun. They attract nectar-seeking butterflies and birds enjoy the ripe seeds. This is an exceptionally long-blooming flower, (showing color throughout July and August) and the number of plants around our property has multiplied for about 14 years.

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Each summer I deadhead and spread seeds, and the results have given us a Fiesta of Yellow throughout our gardens. Along with the admirers they also attract hundreds of bees. We walk through a tunnel of these plants several times a day and the bees pay no attention to us. They KNOW what they’re doing.

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