Helenium autumnale (also called Helen's flower and sneezeweed)
Herbaceous perennial grown for bright daisy-like flowers in mid and late summer. An excellent plant for late summer colour, the bright flowers are enhanced by the golden light of early autumn. Good for mixed borders, prairie planting, informal gardens and cutting. Very attractive to bees, moths and butterflies.
Mid summer to early autumn.
Upright habit, clump forming. H: 90cm S: 60cm.
Stems – straight, green, with vertical ‘wings’ along the length of the stem.
Leaves – green, lanceolate.
Flowers – daisy-like, slightly shaggy looking, in shades from yellow to dark orange. Pronounced brown centre.
Fertile, moist but well-drained soil.
Lift and divide clumps every two to three years in spring or autumn. Deadhead to prolong flowering. May need staking if not grown amongst other plants. Young growth may need protection from slugs and snails.
Foliage may cause allergic reactions so wear gloves when handling.
Lift and divide clumps every two to three years in spring or autumn. Take root cuttings in spring as autumn cuttings may not survive the winter.
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