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Ox-eye (False Sunflower)
Heliopsis helianthoides

• 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

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Heliopsis helianthoides
Heliopsis helianthoides
Photo by William S. Justice @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov).
Heliopsis helianthoides
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.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.