Telekia speciosa is also known as the Telekia cordifolia, Buphtalmum speciosum, Buphtalmum cordifolum, Yellow Ox Eye, Heart-Leaved Ox Eye, or Ox-Eye Daisy. It is part of the Asteraceae family of plants. Telekia speciosa was named after Samuel Teleki de Szek, a Hungarian patron of the Johann Christian Gottlob Baumgarten (1765-1843). He was a German physician and botanist. He traveled to Transylvania in 1793 and later on devoted his time to botanical research and published a four-volume work of Transylvanian flora named “Enumeriato stirpium Magno Transsilvaniae principatul”.
Telekia speciosa is a herbaceous, rhizomatous perennial that can grow as high as 2m or 6ft. It is native to Central Europe, Russia, Caucasus, and Balkans. It has large, oval, or heart-shaped leaves that slightly fragrant. Telekia speciosa foliage is glabrous above and hairy below. The basal leaves can be as large as 12in or 30cm. It flowers in summer or more precisely late summer on tall spikes. The flowers are bright yellow with large orangish centers. You can but back plants after flowering. Telekia speciosa attracts birds and butterflies.
Plant Telekia speciosa in the sun or partial shade in an average, well-drained soil. Shelter it from the wind. Propagate from seed as it also self-seeds.