|Heliposis helianthoides 'Helhan', trade name Loraine Sunshine|
We've got something to say about Loraine Sunshine. Yes, we do. See all those green leaves behind Loraine's variegated leaves? Do you see them? Those are Loraine's offspring, her seedlings. They are solid green. That's what happens when you get a fancy all-dressed up perennial wildflower like Loraine. She can self sow and sometimes you get all green leaves and sometimes you get variegated leaves. It just depends.
What does it depend on? Us garden fairies, of course. You think it is easy to paint those leaves all variegated like that? Well, you just try it some time before you judge us. And don't be all sloppy about it. Paint them nice and even and perfect the way Sundrop Leafpainter does. She's one of the best leaf painters around and always paints the Heliopsis herself, which is why some are variegated and some are green.
There are only so many hours in a day, even for a garden fairy...
Note from Carol:
Heliopsis helianthoides is a native wildflower which has bright yellow daisy-like flowers and can grow up to three feet tall. It's commonly called ox-eye daisy and is hardy in USDA Hardiness zones 3 - 9. It is a good self-sower but can be kept in check by removing spent blooms before they go to seed. The variegated variety 'Helhan' is sold as Loraine Sunshine. It can also self-sow about the garden, producing both variegated and green seedlings. I grow it for the beautiful foliage and do try to remember to remove spent blooms. If you don't, well, you'll have a lot of Heliopsis to share with others.
To read about other wildflowers, visit Gail at Clay and Limestone, our hostess for Wildflower Wednesday.