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Herbaceous Perennial

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Burning Hearts'
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A clump-forming perennial to 1m high with dark purple, lance-shaped, hairy leaves. Produces bi-coloured daisy-like flowers on long stems, with petals golden yellow at the edges and rich orange at the centre, from summer to early autumn.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple
Summer Yellow Orange Purple
Autumn Yellow Orange Purple
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Asteraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Heliopsis are robust perennials with stiff, erect stems; opposite, lance-shaped leaves and showy rich yellow to orange flowers similar to sunflowers

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in full sun. Divide every 2-3 years to maintain vigour

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring, or by division in early spring or autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering

Pests

May be susceptible to damage by slugs, particularly on young shoots

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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