Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)

Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides)

A prairie sunflower with bright yellow flowers and long, lanky stems. Can be short-lived but will spread by seed, maybe too much, in gardens. Good for prairie seedings and restorations where it can run wild.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Medium
Height:    5 feet
Blooms:    June, July, Aug, Sept
Color:    Yellow
Spacing:    18-36″
Zones:    3-8
Benefits:    Pollinators, Birds

Design Tips

Early Sunflower spreads easily by seed and has the potential to choke out smaller natives in gardens. This is a nice trait in restorations but can cause maintenance issues in gardens to try and keep it out of certain areas.

Companion Plants

Prairie Blazing Star
Big Bluestem
Marsh Milkweed
Little Bluestem
Wild Bergamot