Helenium autumnale, often known as Sneezeweed, is ubiquitous throughout the United States being found in moist soils along streams, ponds, in swamps and wetlands. It performs best in average to rich soils, needing moist to wet conditions. To increase flower production and encourage branching it should be cut back in early summer. This plant is adaptable and will grow in any site with sun or part shade and wet to moist soils. The ‘Helena Red Shades’ cultivar was selected for its large russet red and yellow edged flowers. This variety has strong growth, healthy foliage and long-lasting flowers.
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