Sneezeweed

Helenium ‘Butterpat’

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
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Sneezeweed (Helenium ‘Butterpat’)
heh-LEE-nee-um
Genus:  Helenium
Sneezeweed is a clump-forming perennial with sturdy, branching stems and mid-green leaves. In August and September, masses of 2-inch, daisy-like yellow flowers are borne in large, loose terminal clusters on leafy 4- to 5-foot tall stems.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Great for the middle to the back of the border.
Care:  Grow in any fertile, moist but well-drained soil. May need staking if grown in part shade. Deadhead to prolong flowering.
Propagation:  From seed, or root basal cuttings in spring. Divide in autumn or spring.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, leaf smut, and fungal spots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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