False Sunflower, Ox-eye, Sunflower Heliopsis 'Loraine Sunshine'

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra

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



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Ravenna, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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???


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.


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 defin... read more


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.