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This plant just started blooming in my front yard. It has a deep green foliage as seen in the picture. It’s about a foot wide and at least 2 feet tall. It just started blooming these quarter to half-dollar sized yellow-orange flowers to look a little bit like a sunflower.

Any help identifying is greatly appreciated!

yellow orange flower

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This is not going to be an easy ID to make, because there are several herbaceous perennial plants that produce daisy like flowers in yellow/orange shades in summer through to autumn, most with many varieties, and it can be difficult to tell precisely which is which. The notched petals suggest Helenium, but usually, the petals are flexed back, and that doesn't seem to be the case in your photo. If they are flexed, then it's more likely to be Helenium. Rudbeckia is another one, but it seems just a little early to be that, and it definitely isn't one of the Inula varieties.

It may be one of the perennial Helianthus varieties - sunflowers are the tallest and are just annuals, but there are many lower growing, perennial varieties of varying heights and spreads. The other possibility is Heliopsis, another perennial with flowers in similar shades and many varieties, but the appearance of the centre of the flower makes this less likely.

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  • Would coreopsis be a possibility ? Jun 18 at 17:27
  • @blacksmith37 - not with those leaves. It's most likely a helianthus, although it also resembles Heliopsis decapetalus.
    – Jurp
    Jun 18 at 18:30

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