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Helenium flexuosum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, neutral, average

Height: 1'-3'

Bloom Time: July, August, September, October

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, cut flowers, deer resistant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage

Helenium flexuosum (purplehead sneezeweed)
  • Helenium flexuosum (purplehead sneezeweed)
  • Helenium flexuosum (purplehead sneezeweed)
  • Helenium flexuosum (purplehead sneezeweed)

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Description

Helenium flexuosum

Also known as:

purplehead sneezeweed

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Scientific Synonyms:

Helenium floridanum, Helenium godfreyi, Helenium nudiflorum

Description

Helenium flexuosum is a compact perennial that typically grows 3' tall, with remarkable daisy-like flowers. They range from 1" to 2" across, with bright yellow rays that are tipped with three noticeable lobes. The central disk is large, globular and composed of purple florets. The leaves are lance-shaped, pale green, and are clasped around the branching winged stems.

Cultivation

Purple sneezeweed is a moisture loving species that is found in ditches, and other moisture-retaining depressions. It does performs best in full to part-sun. It is not particular about soil quality, but prefers those that are slightly acidic. Growing this species in overly fertile soil can produce weak-stemmed plants that are too tall for their own good, however they can be cut back in early summer to encourage branching and a more compact form. It is intolerant of dry conditions. The root system is fibrous and will produce vegetative offshoots. The blooming period is extensive, occurring between mid-summer to early fall, and extending for 2 months or more. A good choice for rain gardens, moist areas of a cottage garden, or any sunny low spots in the landscape. Zones 4-10

Propagation

Sow freshly collected seeds in fall, or divide mature plants in early spring.

Additional Notes

Sneezeweed will not trigger allergies, nor make you sneeze unless you try: dried leaves used to be powdered and made into snuff, hence the common name. Very resistant to deer and other herbivores.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae Aster family
Genus Helenium sneezeweed
Species Helenium flexuosum purplehead sneezeweed