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False sunflower

  • Native Plants,
  • Annuals, perennials and bulbs
Photo: Isabelle Dupras
Heliopsis helianthoides



Origin and description

Perennial native to Québec. This vigorous plant resembles true sunflowers, but it blooms earlier. The nectar and pollen from its flowers attract a great number of pollinators and butterflies. Its seeds are a treat for certain birds.

Height: 90 to 120 cm
Width: 60 cm
Flowering: yellow, July to August
Attractions for wildlife: attracts pollinators, butterflies and birds

Common name

False sunflower

Latin name (genus)

Heliopsis helianthoides

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Asteraceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: sun
Soil type: prefers a fresh and well-drained soil, but tolerates a drier, poorer soil


  • Zone 4

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Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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