Saturday, June 26, 2010

Heliopsis Helianthoides or Smooth Oxeye

Smooth oxeye is a native member of the aster family that blooms here all summer long. It is usually found in moist soil, I photographed this one at Dodge Nature Center where there are numerous lakes and ponds, and can reach heights of over five feet tall. The flowers are found at the top of bare stalks that rise up out of the plant.

4 comments:

Denise said...

Beautiful flower!

Pat said...

Oh, this is such a pretty wildflower! It's wonderful that it blooms all summer long.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful flower and I love the bright yellow color.

katy said...

I believe that is actually Coreopsis palmata, prairie coreopsis, rather than oxeye. You can tell from the bracts on the buds. Oxeye has broad bracts, in 2 layers. The bracts in this photo are very narrow. If you saw the leaves you could tell the difference right away.