Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Burning Hearts’ (Oxeye) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: One approach is to sow the seeds in a pot in fall to midwinter, 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.

It is also quite possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in warm, moist, bright conditions. In fact, I started the parents of these seeds by sowing on March 20 and setting the pot on a heat mat, and the first seedlings appeared in just 4 days. They may take several weeks, however, so be patient. If no seedlings appear after about 4 weeks, then try setting 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.)

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‘Burning Hearts’ (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra) is a seed strain of the U.S. native oxeye, also known as oxeye sunflower or false sunflower. The bushy, 3- to 4-foot-tall plants have deep green, purple-tinged foliage and slender, deep purple stems topped with bright yellow, orange-centered, daisy-form flowers from early or midsummer into fall–even in the first year. Because they’re seed-grown, the plants naturally vary a bit in their exact color distribution and flower form. Use ‘Burning Hearts’ to light up a late-season bed or border or to add rich color among warm-season grasses in a naturalistic planting. Like the species, it’s popular with pollinators and produces seeds for birds too. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 3 to 9.

Collected in September 2021. At least 15 seeds.

Please read the germination information as well before ordering.

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