Chipmunks prefer these to anything else I've ever planted. Purchased cloche plant protectors and took one off when the plant got large and was outgrowing it thinking now the plant was large enough to handle a little munching but few hours later every leaf was gone. Nothing but stems left and two very happy chipmunks running away. :( Third season and I've yet to get a bloom. Not a good option for my garden I guess.
'Tuscan Sun' Perennial Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides
- Part Sun to Sun
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
FeaturesI have the SOUL of a SEQUOIA.
Most compact Heliopsis available, more controllable in the landscape; bright yellow flowersAward WinnerLong BloomingHeat TolerantAttracts:BeesButterfliesNative to North America
CharacteristicsPlant Type:PerennialHeight Category:MediumGarden Height:24 - 36 InchesSpacing:20 - 24 InchesSpread:20 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:YellowFlower Shade:Golden yellowFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:Part Sun to SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Mid SummerBloom Time:Late SummerHardiness Zones:3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil PH Category:Acidic SoilSoil PH Category:Neutral SoilUses:Border PlantUses:Cut FlowerUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses:Specimen or Focal PointUses Notes:
Plant alone or in combinations in all container types and the landscapeMaintenance Notes:
Removing spent blooms may help encourage additional blooming.
Winter mulch can reduce heaving that can occur with perennials from the freeze/thaw cycles of winter.
Tuscan Sun is heat tolerant and will tolerate somewhat dry soils. While deadheading may encourage additional blooming it isn't strictly necessary for a long bloom season. The breakthrough here is an easy flowering Heliopsis with a shorter plant size, outstanding garden performance and disease resistance. A long known great garden plant with good manners and a long flowering season, also makes a great cut flower!
An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.
This compact version of Heliopsis shows off its golden yellow flowers on sturdy plants. Staking is not needed. Heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and easy to care for. Native cultivar. Use in the middle of the border and in containers.'Tuscan Sun' Heliopsis helianthoides USPP 18,763
5134232111Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Carollee Grindel, 2 hours ago
This is a very tough and reliable plant that is very long blooming for a perennial. Stout and does not need staking even in our windy location. I have divided mine twice since first planting six years ago. Very happy.john smith, Ontario, Canada, 50 weeks ago
what should I do with Heliopsis in the fall? They are in a large Perennial flower garden, are about 3-4 feet tall and have gone to seed. Should I cut them down to the base? I live in zone 3. Thank youIrene olson, Ontario, Canada, 2 years ago
virginia callaway, Maryland, United States, 5 years ago
This is a great plant. I bought one last year and was so happy with it I'm trying to find another one! It is drought tolerant, withstands our cold northern climate (zone 3), is very well behaved, grows into a perfect mound covered with flowers from June until Oct., nonstop blooming. What's not to love?Cathy, Canada, 7 years ago
If you are looking for a compact plant that will withstand 10 hours or more of sun a day, this is the plant for you! It is covered in yellow flowers and continues to bloom day after day. It is both drought and heat tolerant. the information says height is 18-24" but mine are fast approaching 3 feet. I wonder if this might be due to the excessive sun it receives. I rated this a "5" because I have found nothing negative about it. If you purchase it, you will not be disappointed!Cathy Lehnertz, Wisconsin, United States, 8 years ago
This plant is FANTASTIC!! Our garden faces south, has no shade, and gets 10 hours of brutal sun a day. Tuscan Sun says "I love this"! Although the information says 20" high, it is 24" right now, and I suspect the extra sun might be causing the extra height. It is totally heat and drought tolerant. It is covered, and I do mean covered in yellow sunflowers. They are all yellow with no other color, and this is a nice contrast to my gaillardias, rudbeckia, and helinium which are all multi-colored. It is compact, and does spread a little, but not a lot. It has surpassed my expectations and I will be using it again next year.Cathee, Wisconsin, United States, 8 years ago
Love all Heliopsis plants. I have all the varieties. They begin flowering in June and continue through until frost. Great for cut flowers too.Bonnie, South Dakota, United States, 9 years ago
i love this plan and i am looking for more however i cannot find it anywhereroula passon, Maryland, United States, 10 years ago
I really enjoy the dwarf habit and extended season of flowering. It is like a dwarf sunflower. Even if it wasn't a perennial, it can be grown as an annual because of how well it flowers. It gets better and better as the season continues.David Zlesak, Minnesota, United States, 10 years ago
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