Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Summer Nights’ – FALSE SUNFLOWER 'SUMMER NIGHTS'

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This seed line cultivar ‘Summer Nights’ offers sturdy, mostly red stems, reddish leaves, and showy golden yellow flowers with a deep orange-red central disk.

Plant forms nice upright clumps. Even this variety supports lots of wildlife – butterflies, monarchs, bees, seed for small birds. Easy to grow and soil and moisture adaptable perennial.

All false sunflowers are hardy, tough perennials, once established drought tolerant, even they prefer medium to medium moist soil. These are very long blooming since the end of June till September! And are excellent cut flowers (2 weeks in a vase).

Heliopsis ‘Summer Nights’ will look good with native perennials or nativars of Agastache, Amsonia, Asters, Baptisia, Heuchera, Phlox paniculata (or other tall phloxes), Physostegia, Tradescantia, Veronicastrum,…Or non-native perennials like Nepeta, Salvia nemorosa, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and later bred, long flowering hardy Geraniums, Hemerocallis, Irises, Paeonia, Sedum telephium etc.

Excellent is combination with spires of blue flowers like Agastache, Salvia nemorosa, Veronica, Veronicastrum – these are very effective textural and contrast color combinations.

This perennial is suitable for both private and public gardens, pollinator gardens, low maintenance plantings, rain gardens, bird gardens, sunnier woodland edges, meadows, etc.

Picture copyright : Jelitto

Blooming time : June/July to September

Size : 3-4’ high x 2-3’ wide

USDA zones : 4 to 9

Culture: full sun, half sun, half shade, average garden soil, loam, clay soil, deeper rocky soils

Moisture Needs : medium, established plants tolerate summer droughts

Origin: Original botanical species is native to Central and eastern North America. This seed strain was selected by Dale Hendricks of North Creek Nurseries, USA. Later on was offered by other seed companies or nurseries.

Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/yes

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : butterflies and bees, caterpillar host plant

Attracts Hummingbirds : no, but seed are winter food for many song birds

Pot Size : 3.5" perennial pot (1.22 pt/580 ml)

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    Heliopsis Summer Nights

    Posted by Craig Shuster on 9th Jun 2021

    Plants were received in great shape and were large and healthy. The packing was excellent! I highly recommend U.S. Perennials.