Helen's Flower (Helenium autumnale)

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Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10a
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 30 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies


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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Aug 28, 2014 2:24 PM

A very nice perennial plant for fall color, it can hold its own in a wildflower area competing with some aggressive grass.
I have had great success winter sowing this plant.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 3, 2014 1:59 PM

Helenium autumnale is a larval host plant for the Dainty Sulphur Butterfly. It is a nectar source for Monarchs and other butterflies, and a Monarch Way Station plant.

According to the NPIN, Helenium autumnale has special value to native bees.

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