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'Tuscan Sun' Perennial Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides

  • 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).

Flower Season
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
3' 2'
2' - 3'
20" - 2'
  • Details


    I have the SOUL of a SEQUOIA.

    Most compact Heliopsis available, more controllable in the landscape; bright yellow flowers

    Award Winner
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Native to North America


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    20 - 24 Inches
    20 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Golden yellow
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Mid Summer
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer
    Hardiness Zones: 
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Acidic Soil
    Soil PH Category: 
    Neutral Soil
    Border Plant
    Cut Flower
    Mass Planting
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Uses Notes: 

    Plant alone or in combinations in all container types and the landscape

    Maintenance 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
  • 16 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • 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
      , 25 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 you

      Irene 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?

      , 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.

      , 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.

      , South Dakota
      , United States
      , 9 years ago
    • i love this plan and i am looking for more however i cannot find it anywhere

      roula 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
    • Long lasting blooms, vibrant color

      Loralea Kirby
      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 10 years ago
  • 32 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2010 Excellent Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
    2010 Excellent Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
    2010 Excellent Massachusetts Horticultural Society at Elm Bank
    2009 Best Performer Michigan State University
    2009 Best of Breed - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 Top Five Michigan State University
    2009 Best Performer Michigan State University
    2009 Best of Breed - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2009 Top Five Michigan State University
    2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
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