Helenium autumnale (Common Sneezeweed)


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Plant Description: This plant is a clump forming perennial standing tall and erect with branching, ridged stems. The long, dark green leaves clasp the stem and are lance shaped with a prominent central vein and smooth margins. Flowers are composites, 10-20 bright yellow, recurved ray petals with 3 lobes, surround a half dome of tightly clustered dull yellow green disc flowers. The ray petals drop and the disc flowers ripen into a cluster of dry seeds. Blooms up until frost. All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.

  • Height: up to 4ft
  • Width: 3-5ft
  • Watering needs: regular
  • Sun needs: full sun
  • Soil needs: moist to wet
  • Bloom Time: Summer to Fall

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: A native plant, sneezeweed is found in moist meadows, near streams, and along ditches at elevations up to 6562 ft. in parts of its range, native throughout much of North America. We recommend using this plant in woodland gardens and meadowscapes.

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