Audubon® Ox-eyed Sunflower
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Petal Power! Oxeye Sunflower just won’t stop. This enthusiastic native Spirit will pump out its cheery golden flowers for weeks and weeks each summer, much to the delight of your backyard pollinators. Underappreciated natives like digger bees, mining bees, leafcutter bees, sweat bees, and carpenter bees will get right to work, alongside the more familiar honey bees and bumblebees. In fall, the bees’ job is done, but Oxeye Sunflower keeps on giving. This time it’s seeds for the finches, sparrows, and juncos. You’ll enjoy watching the birds from your patio as they dig in.
May Benefit & Attract: Finches, sparrows, and juncos.
Take Birds Under Your Wing
New! Introducing our bird-friendly collection of Audubon® Native Plants & Trees
- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
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Recommended by Our Growers
Oxeye Sunflower seems to like people—it often appears where the soil has been disturbed in some way. It certainly likes to be invited into our gardens, where it performs like a champ. Handsome, easygoing, and floriferous, it looks at home in formal borders and in naturalistic gardens alike. In the wild, Oxeye Sunflower is found in all of the lower 48 states east of the Rockies (except for Florida), and in central to eastern Canada. It occasionally escapes the garden and reseeds into surrounding areas, but it is never invasive.
Several of our native bee species nest in flower stems over the winter, and Oxeye Sunflower is one plant they use. Don’t be too fastidious about “cleaning up” the garden in fall! Our hardworking insects need those spaces to survive.
How to Grow
Plant Oxeye Sunflower in all-day sun in soils of average moisture and fertility. In extremely hot, dry sites, plants may suffer and scorch, while in overly fertile, wet, or shady sites, stems may grow too tall and lush and will fall over. Oxeye Sunflower will typically go three to five years before needing division. If flower production is declining or plants seem weak, simply dig them up in early spring, discard woody sections, and replant the healthy pieces. Or, allow plants to reseed to start new patches. For maximum wildlife benefit, wait until early spring to cut back spent stems.
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