Helenium autumnale or also called Sneezeweed adds a lot of bold color to your landscape. It is a deciduous perennial that blooms profusely with bright colored flowers that attract bees and birds yet are deer resistant. These are hardy plants that thrive in full sun. Plant them in spring, in rich moist soil, and make sure they don’t dry out. By deadheading the flowers you can extend the flowering season. The flowers are daisy-like, somewhat similar to Rudbeckia but smaller.
Helenium autumnale is native to North and Central America. It brings a lot of color throughout the summer and early autumn. Helenium autumnale is part of the Asteraceae family of plants. The name Sneezeweed is based on its use of dried leaves as a snuff that induced sneezing. Helenium autumnale can grow up to 5ft or 150cm but usually, you see them at half that height. You can pinch the plant to promote more bushy growth.
Helenium autumnale is generally pest-free but look out for leaf spot. You can propagate from seeds, cuttings, or divisions.