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Connecticut Plants
Ox-eye (False Sunflower)
Heliopsis helianthoides (L.) Sweet
  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: meadows, open woods, thickets
  • Height: 2-5 feet
  • Flower size: flowerheads 2 inches across
  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering time: July to September
  • Origin: native
Heliopsis helianthoides (L.) Sweet
Heliopsis helianthoides (L.) Sweet
Heliopsis helianthoides (L.) Sweet

Ox-eye flowers closely resemble those of sunflowers. They can be distinguished by their ray flowers (the petal-like flowers at the edge of the flower head). Ray flowers of ox-eye have pistils, but those on sunflowers are sterile, as they have neither pistils nor stamens.