Helenium bigelovii (Bigelow's Sneezeweed)


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Plant Description: A fun, bright-yellow native coneflower, Bigelow’s sneezeweed flowers in mid to late summer and is attractive to a wide variety of pollinators. A common site in meadows, marshes and bogs, and along springs and streams at mid to high elevations in the Klamath-Siskiyou, Bigelow’s sneezeweed typically grows to about three feet tall with many flowering stalks. It prefers full sun but is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types as long as sufficient moisture is available.

Bigelow’s sneezeweed is named after J.M. Bigelow, a plant collector on the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey in the 1850s. Despite the common name this wildflower is not allergenic. It was originally used by some Native American tribes as a snuff, hence the common name. Bigelow’s sneezeweed is very adaptable to the irrigated garden environment and flowers after dead-heading.

Growing Instructions: 30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to late winter.

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