Thursday, December 08, 2011

Loraine Sunshine False Sunflower

False Sunflower

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Loraine Sunshine'


Synonyms: Ox-eye, Heliopsis minor

This plant has a beautiful flower but I can’t get by its unique white and yellow veined variegated foliage. It often looks sick and even as lover of variegated leaves it is too much for me. Other than that it is a strong growing perennial that doesn’t need much care. 'Loraine Sunshine' reaches about 2 feet tall and is extremely hardy (USDA Zone 3). Red Aphids can be a problem during the season but can usually be controlled organically with a combination of insecticidal soap and a strong jet of water from the hose. Heliopsis can withstand tough conditions in the garden and once established is drought tolerant.

Wow, what a difference a day makes. After getting a couple of inches of warm rain the tables have turned today. Cold and windy is the forecast and it is true (as I found out walking the dogs this morning).

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