Heliopsis helianthoides (Oxeye) [15 Seeds]

$3.95

Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require some patience. The easiest approach is to sow the seeds in fall to midwinter, surface sown or just barely covered with growing medium. Set them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.

If you sow after January, set the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about 2 months before moving it to a warm, bright place for germination. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sun.)

It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 3 to 4 weeks, then try the refrigerator-chilling approach above before moving them back to warmth and light.

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Oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides), also known as oxeye sunflower or false sunflower, is an eye-catching and easy-to-grow addition to the summer garden, with bright yellow, single, daisy-form flowers atop bushy, 3- to 5-foot-tall plants. This U.S. native (appearing throughout much of central and eastern North America) is popular with bees and butterflies when in bloom, and birds enjoy the seeds in fall to winter, so it’s a great choice for areas where you’d like to attract pollinators and other wildlife. It often self-sows. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in September 2020. At least 15 seeds.

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