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Helenium autumnale - Helens Flower

Sun Exposure: Sun - Part Sun

Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium-Wet, Medium

Soil Type: Loam,  Loam-Clay

Height: 3 - 5 feet

Spread: 2 feet

Blooms: August, September

Root: Fibrous

Habitat: Moist Prairies and Meadows, Low areas, Water edge 

Landscape uses: Pollinator gardens, Rain garden, Pond Edge

Complimentary Plants: Jewelweed, New England Aster, Dense Blazing Star

Wildlife Value: The most common visitors to the flowers are long-tongued bees, including honeybees, bumblebees, long-horned bees, cuckoo bees, and leaf-cutting bees Host Plant: Dainty Sulphur Butterfly

Seed Origin: Wasaga Beach, Ontario

Germination Code:  A, D

Photo credits: #1/2 by Sundaura Alford-Purvis

Helenium autumnale - Helens Flower

  • This plant is a prolific bloomer! The bright yellow flowers put on quite a show in August and September with numerous daisy-like flowers that have distinctive tooth-like indentations at the ends of each petal. Helenium autumnale is excellent for damp soils in full sun or light shade, and also does well in medium garden soil. Also commonly called Sneezeweed, it doesn't actually cause allergies as pollination for this plant is achieved by the activity of pollinating insects, and not the wind. This plant tolerates "wet feet" and can be used in a rain garden, around ponds or any other low lying area that remains moist. 

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