A must have in the late season garden! Helenium 'Waltraut' is highly prized by gardeners for its extremely long blooming season, large blossoms (3" wide or 8 cm) and its unique and outstanding color. It features two shaded flowers, golden overlaid copper-orange with brown centers and rusty orange undersides that delicately mature to soft orange. The center disk is covered with golden pollen that attracts butterflies. A feast for the eyes!
- This fabulous perennial provides weeks of splashes of color, from midsummer to fall, when many other perennials are starting to fade.
- Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
- Grows up to 4 ft. tall (120 cm) and spreads 2 ft. wide (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.