|Also known as:||Common Ox-eye, False Sunflower, Sunflower Heliopsis|
|Habitat:||part shade, sun; prairies, along roads, railroads, edges of woods, thickets|
|Bloom season:||June - September|
|Plant height:||2 to 6 feet|
|USDA PLANTS database:||Minnesota county distribution map|
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Sunflower type flowers 1½ to 3½ inches across, with pale yellow to orange-yellow petals (ray flowers) and a golden yellow to brownish cone-shaped center disk. The number of petals can vary greatly from flower to flower. Each flower is at the end of a naked stem that branches off the top of the plant.
There are 2 rows of bracts behind the flower, though it may appear to be a single row. The bracts alternate with the inner row short and the outer row longer. The bracts on the inner row usually have pointed tips; those on the outer row are broader and often have rounded tips but may be pointed.
Leaves are up to 4½ inches long and 3 inches wide, somewhat egg-shaped, tapering to a pointed tip, with coarsely toothed to serrated edges and a leaf stem to about 1 inch long. The color ranges from bright green to dark green. The texture is very rough and the edges can be wavy. The main stem is also very rough.
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Photos taken at Long Lake Regional Park, New Brighton, MN and Vadnais/Snail Lake Regional Park, Shoreview, MN June 2007 and July-August 2008
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