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Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Loraine Sunshine'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heliopsis (hee-lee-OP-sis) (Info)
Species: helianthoides var. scabra
Cultivar: Loraine Sunshine

Synonym:Heliopsis helianthoides subsp. scabra
Synonym:Heliopsis minor
Synonym:Heliopsis scabra

18 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
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9 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Mike_Toronto On Aug 22, 2014, Mike_Toronto from Toronto
Canada wrote:

Exactly the same experience as Judy823: we bought our plant in June and it looked great, however around Aug 1st it started to have a white fungus covering the leaves. Now Aug 22nd, it is covered in a white dust and the plant looks very sick.

Positive johnsankey On Nov 11, 2011, johnsankey from Ottawa
Canada wrote:

Loads of colour from late June to end October in zone 5, 1-2 m up. A good background plant against a fence. It attracts Uroleucon obscuricaudatus aphids (red ones), but is not severely affected by them - I use insecticidal soap followed a few hours later by a blast from a hose nozzle when their numbers get out of hand.

Negative Judy823 On Sep 9, 2010, Judy823 from Newton Highlands, MA wrote:

I love this plant - it creates great banks of yellow color in front of our house. However, every August it gets covered with red aphids and white fungus. It tries to keep blooming but
succumbs before August 31st and we have to cut out the
wretched looking stalks.
I have tried Neem and both commercial soaps as well as a home-made spray that includes soap/red pepper/garlic and oil.
Does anyone have suggestions???

Positive nicholtammy On Jul 4, 2010, nicholtammy from Huntsville
Canada wrote:

Very nice this one is 4 years old and very easy to grow I never water it. I am growing one next to the house some shade which is not in flower yet and two out in full sun out in open they are in full bloom and shorter.

Positive trackinsand On Apr 19, 2010, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

i love this plant, very easy to grow and thrives in our scorching, humid summers. i've had it maybe 3 yrs. now and little seedlings do pop up. this year i have some that are not variegated. i'm waiting to see if they will bloom as beautifully as the parent plants. they awaken early here in florida and although i have them in mostly full sun situations, they do appreciate some afternoon shade. the leaves will curl in late afternoon but recover through the night. they get watered once a week this time of year (spring) but later on will need a twice weekly watering to keep them looking their best. the only pests i encounter once in a great while are flea beetles but i spray the whole garden with neem and/or soap spray during the growing season and that keeps everything at bay. a definite keeper for my area!
ps. i purchase mine through Bluestone.

Positive muddbear On Jun 25, 2007, muddbear from (Zone 3b) wrote:

Really pretty foliage, a long bloomer and not at all floppy.

Positive tiffanya On Jul 4, 2006, tiffanya from Sumner, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Lovely foliage adds interest to the garden even when Loraine Sunshine is not in bloom. The flowers are bright and beautiful. Super easy to grow.

Positive dceldridge On Jun 9, 2006, dceldridge from Shepherdstown, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:

Plant has been thriving, with this summer being the thrid year I have had it. It starting flowering before June and flowers profusely through much of the summer. Have not had problems with disease or insects.

Positive Gabrielle On May 6, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This came up in my yard as a volunteer from my neighbors plant across the street. It has since come up very freely throughout my yard. It has nice foliage, and for the most part, comes up true from seed. Blooms July - September in my garden.

Positive Hellobebe On Feb 16, 2005, Hellobebe from Buffalo, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have to say that this is a keeper! Bought Loraine on a whim 2 years ago, and she has proven to be remarkable. Very cheery, welcoming flowers in the garden, and the variegated foliage is perfect. The plant itself stays tidy, and last year I had 6 babies which must have sprouted from her seeds. They all had the same variegation as their mom. Very nice sun-loving perennial!

Positive PurplePansies On Aug 17, 2004, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I wish I had a picture. This plant is so easy to grow. Dividing produces reliably variegated plants, but seeds produce variegated plants as well. I grew this plant from seed, and at least half or a fourth of the seedlings were nicely variegated.

This plant bloomed its first year from seed for me and is also well known for blooming practically all season, as with most Heliopsis. Of course, the added attraction on this one is the lovely foliage--a wonderful all around plant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Midland City, Alabama
Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Seymour, Connecticut
Newark, Delaware
Washington, District Of Columbia
Chicago, Illinois
Divernon, Illinois
Mapleton, Illinois
Wichita, Kansas
Ewing, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Silver Spring, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Newton Highlands, Massachusetts
Westport, Massachusetts
Grand Blanc, Michigan
Mason, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Little Falls, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Buffalo, New York
Rye, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Cambridge, Ohio
Columbia Station, Ohio
Grove City, Ohio
Newark, Ohio
Bath, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Linden, Tennessee
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Sumner, Washington
Charleston, West Virginia
Morgantown, West Virginia
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Iola, Wisconsin
Minocqua, Wisconsin

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