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Helenium amarum (Yellow Sneezeweed)

Yellow Sneezeweed, Bitterweed, Yellow Bitterweed, Yellowdicks, Slender-leaved Sneezeweed, Fine-leaved Sneezweed, Yellow Dog-fennel

Helenium amarum, Yellow Sneezeweed, Bitterweed, Yellow Bitterweed, Yellowdicks, Slender-leaved Sneezeweed, Fine-leaved Sneezweed, Yellow Dog-fennel

Helenium amarum (Yellow Sneezeweed) is a bushy annual bringing weeks of color from mid-spring to early fall. Its erect, branching stems are clothed with alternate, very fine, almost-threadlike leaves, 3 in. long (7 cm), and topped with eye-catching daisy flowers. The flowers, 3 in. across (7 cm), feature 5-10 bright yellow, wedge-shaped, drooping rays surrounding a prominent, yellow center disk that is covered with golden pollen and attracts butterflies. Helenium amarum is terrific for hot sunny rock gardens and ideal for xeriscape gardening.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) and 10-16 in. wide (25-40 cm). Will self-seed readily in the landscape.
  • Performs best in full sun to part shade in sandy to gravelly, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Best flower production in full sun. Drought and dry soil tolerant.
  • Looks stunning planted in drifts in borders, cottage gardens, or naturalistic areas such as prairies or meadows.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for powdery mildew, leaf spot or rust.
  • Deadheading will extend the flowering season.
  • Native to the United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 10
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Helenium
Common names Sneezeweed, Helenium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 10" - 2'
(25cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, California, Midwest, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Helenium bigelovii (Bigelow’s Sneezeweed)
Helenium flexuosum (Purple-head Sneezeweed)
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Helenium hoopesii (Orange Sneezeweed)
Helenium ‘Flammenrad’ (Sneezeweed)
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 10
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Helenium
Common names Sneezeweed, Helenium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 10" - 2'
(25cm - 60cm)
Spacing 15" (40cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Southwest, Southeast, Northeast, California, Midwest, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, Iowa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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