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Helenium hoopesii (Sneezeweed)

Orange Helenium, Western Sneezeweed, Hymenoxys hoopesii, Owl's-Claws


Flowering earlier than most Heleniums, Helenium 'hoopesii' (Orange Sneezeweed) is a North American native which produces branched clusters of bright golden yellow flowers, 3 in. wide (7 cm). Resembling daisies, the cheerful blooms consist of a skirt of short, notched ray petals surrounding a central orange cone covered with golden pollen that attracts butterflies. The blossoms rise above an erect clump of lance-shaped, smooth, gray-green leaves. This Helenium species grows from a taproot and is propagated by seed.

  • This fabulous perennial provides weeks of splashes of color, from early to late summer.
  • Grows up to 28-30 in. tall (70-75 cm) and spreads 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm)
  • Looks stunning planted in mass, mixes beautifully with ornamental grasses or any other perennial plants. Well suited for borders, cottage gardens or naturalistic areas such as prairies or meadows.
  • Very attractive as cut flowers, it enjoys a good resistance to most insects and diseases, attracts butterflies and deer ignore it!
  • A full sun lover, it is very hardy and enjoys average, medium to wet, well-drained soils. Prefers rich, moist soils and hates dry soils. Regular watering maters for profuse blossoms!
  • Deadheading will extend the flowering season. Once flowering has ceased and the plant has died back the stems should be cut down.

Native to North America and Central America, Helenium offer lovely fall-flowering plants that are perfect color-makers for that season. Long-blooming, these showy, clump-forming perennials enjoy upright, branching stems with slender, toothed leaves topped with eye-catching daisy flowers, in shades of brilliant yellow, orange or red, centered with a prominent, yellow or chocolate center cone. They are highly popular for their reliable and showy display, their disease resistance and their tolerance to any soil conditions aside from very dry or very wet. Today, most garden Heleniums are hybrids of Helenium autumnale or Helenium Bigelovii. They are commonly known as 'Sneezeweed' due to the ancient use of their dried leaves in making snuff, inhaled to help sneezing and rid the body of evil spirits.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Helenium - Sneezeweeds
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Helenium - Sneezeweeds
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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