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PlantFiles: False Sunflower
Heliopsis 'Bressingham Doubloon'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Heliopsis (hee-lee-OP-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Bressingham Doubloon
Additional cultivar information: (PP11270)
Hybridized by Bloom; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1997

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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 herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Vivian_2010 On Jul 22, 2010, Vivian_2010 from Libertyville, IL wrote:

I bought a small plant last year from a local nursery. Soon after planting in early July, it started blooming profoundly. Too bad that rabbits love it so destroyed most of the branches and flowers. So by early August, we put a fence around the garden. In early May this year, I give it a little slow release Miracle grow (10-10-10), and boy, it grows to be 3-4' tall and full of stunning, big and SHOWY yellow flowers!. It has been in full bloom for over a month now, and there are still many new buds. It is in a full sun location. I plan to divide it next spring as a couple of my neighbors like these flowers too. I fully expect that it will continue with the good blooming into mid-late September. It did that last fall even with only a couple branches left from the rabbit attack. Good thing that I left enough space for the plant last year.

Neutral Massgirl On Jun 24, 2010, Massgirl from Franklin, MA wrote:

I bought this last year at a Home Depot because I loved the blooms. This year, so far, I'm not impressed. I've got only two stems and they droop like crazy in the sun (and they are only getting a half day in direct sunlight! I can't imagine what they would look like in full sun all day!) The blooms are beautiful - but with two stems last year when I bought them, and only two again this year, I'm disappointed. I think I'll give it another year and see what happens before giving up on this one. I did see the other reviewer say they had filled in a 3x3 section - but mine aren't even close - and it'll be years at the rate they're growing to fill up that kind of space!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Tall 4-5' - Plant 18" apart. zone 3-9. Semi-double flowers on strong sturdy stems that do not require staking. A late summer bloomer.

Positive RDT On Dec 14, 2004, RDT from Crossville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I had 2 small roots that were given in trade. By the end of summer they filled a 3x3 foot space with beautiful yellow blooms. I plan to place some in a container.


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

Libertyville, Illinois
Franklin, Massachusetts
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Kasota, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota

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