Etymology: Heliopsis: from Greek helios for "sun" and opsis for "appearance"
Plants: erect, perennial, 2'-5' tall forb
Leaves: all opposite, on at least a 1" stalk, sharply toothed, oval with a truncated base and pointed tip
Flowers: head 1 1/2" -3 1/2" wide, 8-16 pale yellow rays, conical disk 1/3"-1" wide and yellowish-brown, often fuzzy outer bracts (phyllaries) longer than the inner ones, both ray and disk flowers fertile unlike true sunflowers (Helianthus); inflorescence of one to a few heads on long, naked stalks; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: full sun; dry to moderate moisture; prairies, woods, disturbed sites; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key