Give your landscape a glorious late-season color with Helenium, a light-demanding perennial that offers long-lasting blooms from mid to late summer to fall every year. It can be used in borders, naturalized areas, and cottage gardens.
Native to Europe and North America, this light-demanding plant is often referred to as sneezeweed. However, allergy sufferers need not worry as this plant won’t make you sneeze. Still, it blooms around the same time as ragweed, a source of pollen that causes hay fever.
The Helenium genus consists of around 40 species in the Asteraceae family. Other names of this plant are Yellow Star, Helen’s Flower, and False Sunflower.
Helenium autumnale is an upright, shrubby perennial that usually grows 3 to 5 feet tall on stiff, distinctive winged stems that branch out near the top.
It features Daisy-like flower clusters (2-inches in diameter) with distinctive pale yellow wedge-shaped rays and dome-shaped, dull yellow central discs. The flowers appear for a long time, from summer to fall (sometimes until the first frost). The alternate, dark green leaves are lanceolate (up to 6-inches long).