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A Summer Showstopper From Every Angle | Plant Recommendation

Fine Gardening - Issue 188

A plethora of plants sport daisylike flowers in midsummer, so for one to stand out from the crowd takes a little something extra—which is exactly what ‘Sunstruck’ oxeye sunflower has. Its foliage is insanely variegated and is so striking that it instantly becomes a focal point when paired with any dark-leaved partner. This unique foliage is the perfect stage for the bright yellow, 2-inch flowers that appear in early summer and keep coming for nearly two months.

‘Sunstruck’ also has a compact habit, something that other oxeye sunflowers can’t claim. This variety repeatedly got high marks from trial gardens around the country when it was first introduced. Now that it is more widely available, it definitely falls into the category of must-have.


‘Sunstruck’ Oxeye Sunflower (Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Sunstruck’)

Zones: 4–9

Size: 14 to 16 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil

Native range: Central and eastern North America

Photo: Danielle Sherry


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