Sunflower- Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) (Florida Native)

Sunflower- Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) (Florida Native)

Sunflower- Early Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides) (Florida Native)

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Sunflower- Early Sunflower - Heliopsis helianthoides

AKA- Smooth sunflower, False sunflower, Oxeye daisy, Oxeye, Oxeye sunflower, Heliopsis sunflower

Its native range is widely distributed mainly east of the
Rocky Mountains from Ontario to North Florida and
Mississippi. Smooth oxeye is adapted to full sunlight and
dry to moderately moist soil conditions. It can be found
growing in prairies, roadsides, and open woods, edge of
fields and thickets, and waste areas. This species tolerates
some drought and also a wide range of soil types,
including nutrient-poor soils. It has proven to perform
best in areas receiving >5” of rainfall. Smooth oxeye is
not salinity-tolerant. Attracts butterflies and bees but the list of insects is diverse and includes hoverflies and soldier beetles.  The ground nesting bee, Holcopasites heliopis, is a specialist pollinator of Heliopsis helianthoides. If growing in Central Florida South, 2-4 weeks of cold stratification of the seeds is recommended.


Days to germination

 14-21 days

Days to maturity

2 years

Life cycle


Plant time

Fall, or cold stratify wet or dry for 8 weeks and plant in Spring


18- 24 inches in well drained soil


Full sun to partial shade

Soil temperature

at least 50 degrees 

Optimum soil P.H



3-4 feet


Summer and early fall

Our aim is to fulfill your order as quickly as possible. While most orders are processed within 7 days, we understand that sometimes it may take longer. Please note that expedited shipping options like Next Day Air or 2nd Day Air only affect the transit time once your order leaves our facility, not the preparation time.

Pickup Orders
Pickup orders are typically ready within 2-4 days. If you require it sooner, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you. For bagged soil pickup orders, please refer to the details below. Once your pickup order is ready, we will contact you (usually by text) to schedule a 2-hour pickup appointment window. Pickup times are available 7 days a week, between 7 am and 9 pm. Your order will be placed under the brown tent in front of our location at 7409 N Highland Ave Tampa, FL 33604, for easy pickup.

Live Plants
For out-of-state orders, we ship on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Florida orders are shipped on Mondays or Tuesdays. If you place an out-of-state order on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it will likely be shipped the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Florida orders placed on Sunday or Monday may be shipped the following week. We schedule shipments this way to ensure that live plants don't travel over the weekend, minimizing any potential damage.

Seed Orders
Our seed packets are prepared over the weekend. Orders consisting only of seeds are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Bulk Soil
After you place your order, we will contact you to arrange the soil delivery. Please note that our trailer or dump truck is large and heavy, with a limited turning radius. We cannot be held responsible for any damage within 1.5 ft of the edge of the driveway or the designated delivery area. If there are plants, grass, artificial turf, sprinkler heads, or any other items within 1.5 ft of the edge, they may be damaged. We are not liable for any damage unless it is due to gross driver negligence. Driveway surfaces (concrete, shell, pavers, turf, etc.) and anything within 1.5 ft of the drive may experience cracking, splitting, breaking, depressions, tracks, etc. Please be aware that large item deliveries carry inherent risks. If the driver determines that it is unsafe to dump the soil in your desired location, they will either choose a safe alternative or the soil will not be delivered, but the delivery fee will still apply.

Bagged Soil
We fill bagged soil orders every Wednesday. If your order is placed after 4 pm on Tuesday, it will be filled on the following Wednesday. Once your bags of soil are ready, we will follow the regular pickup protocol mentioned above.

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