Sneezeweed (Helenium Autumnale)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $5.00

Sneezeweed, is an erect, clump-forming, Missouri native perennial which occurs in moist soils along streams, ponds or ditches and in spring-fed meadows, prairie and wet open ground throughout most of the State. Typically grows 3-5' tall on rigid, distinctively winged stems which branch near the top. Features clusters of daisy-like flowers (2" diameter) with distinctive wedge-shaped, bright yellow rays (three-lobed at the tips) and prominent, dome-like, dull yellow center disks. Flowers appear over a lengthy late summer to autumn (sometimes to first frost) bloom as indicated by species name. Alternate, lance-shaped, dark green leaves (to 6" long). The common name is based on the former use of its dried leaves in making snuff, inhaled to cause sneezing that would supposedly rid the body of evil spirits.
Culture: grow in average, medium to wet soils in full sun
Use: Use in perennial border, prairies, meadows, cottage gardens, wild gardens, naturalized areas or in moist soils along bodies of water. Rain Garden
Height: 3 to 5 feet
Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Color: Yellow
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Season of Interest: August to October
Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet
Nature Attracting: Butterfly / Pollinators / Beneficial Insects / Special Value to Honey Bees 
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Wet Soil