Helenium hoopesii

Helenium hoopesii
Helenium hoopesii 
orange sneezeweed
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.8-1m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:green a blue-green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS golden
BLOOMING TIME May - June
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
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Orange sneezeweed is an attractive flowering perennial for late spring when rhododendrons and azaleas are either at its peak or slowly finishing flowering. From a distance it is easily mistaken for mountain arnica as it bears very similar daisy-like, golden orange flowers. They are composed of about 3 cm long ray florets and slightly elevated centre discs. They are borne atop sturdy, up to one meter tall stems from late May until late June.

Leaves emerge burgundy red in spring and mature into pale green, inversely lance-shaped foliage that might resemble yucca or agave. The plant is so eye catching that it brightens up any border with green or non-flowering plants, and will obviously look great in a perennial bed, especially along with white and violet-blue flowers.

It will grow in almost soil type but prefers fertile, reasonably drained soil and full sun. Sneezeweed is not drought tolerant and its robust body requires sufficient moisture. So if you plant to grow them in a dry location regular irrigation will be required. On the other hand, it can take slightly water-logged sites where it will grow taller than its given height but will be richer in flowering and with more handsome foliage. It is recommended to divide the clumps every 2-4 years to encourage formation of new roots and production of young plants. All parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if eaten. Fully hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4).

Last update 01-09-2013
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