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Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Sommersonne'

Ox eye

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (60058)

Plant details

Ox eyes are an attractive group of plants that have been sadly neglected in recent years. Their bright yellow, daisy-like flowers were out of place in trendy pastel borders, but that now looks set to change with hot colours coming back into vogue. 'Sommersonne' translates as 'Summer Sun', and looking at this variety's cheery yellow flowers it's not hard to see how it came by its name. The double blooms have deep yellow centres which are tinged with green until they are fully open. At around 120cm (4ft), it makes an attractive perennial for the middle to back of the border.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Heliopsis

Species: helianthoides

Cultivar: var. scabra 'Sommersonne

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: February to March

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