Helenium (Helenium autumnale) - Non GMO - Flower
Helenium autumnale, commonly known as Sneezeweed, is a vibrant and hardy perennial plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. This native North American wildflower is known for its striking appearance and clusters of seeds.
The Helenium autumnale plant typically grows to a height of 2 to 5 feet (60 to 150 cm) and features lance-shaped leaves with serrated edges. Its most captivating feature is the abundance of daisy-like flowers that adorn the plant in late summer and early fall. These flowers come in shades of yellow, orange, or red, and they often have contrasting dark centers, creating a captivating visual display.
As the season progresses, Helenium autumnale produces clusters of seeds. These seeds are small and slender, resembling miniature arrows, and are dispersed by the wind to propagate the plant. Collecting and saving Helenium autumnale seeds can be a rewarding activity for gardeners looking to grow this attractive wildflower in their own gardens.
This resilient and attractive plant not only adds a burst of color to gardens but also provides valuable nectar for pollinators like bees and butterflies. With its striking appearance and ecological benefits, Helenium autumnale is a popular choice for gardeners seeking to enhance their landscapes with native wildflowers.
- Full Sun
- Soil: Rich, moist, well-drained
- Size: 3-5' h × 2-3' w
- Spacing: 1.5-3'
- Season: Summer to fall
- Depth: Surface sow and firm lightly.
- Sprout time: 14-21 days
- Indoors: Start in containers 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at about 70F, covering with humidity dome until germination occurs. Set in the ground in spring, or in late summer to early autumn.
- Outdoors: Sow direct in spring after frost into a prepared bed.
- Sowing Seeds Indoors Fill clean containers with soil-less seed mix and firm gently. Sow seed thinly (overcrowding produces weak, spindly seedlings susceptible to disease). Cover lightly with mix, water gently, cover with plastic wrap and place in indirect light at (65-75F). Be sure to keep mix evenly moist, never soggy.
- Care of Seedlings Seedlings need high light for 14-18 hrs a day, temperatures of 55-70F, good air circulation, and diluted fertilizer. If you sow too thickly, trim or pluck out extra seedlings.
- Hardening Off Acclimate mature seedlings to outdoor conditions by moving them outdoors for an hour, increasing the time spent outdoors each day over 5 days.
- Transplanting Protect from hot sun-a cloudy, misty day is ideal, or late in the afternoon. Water carefully until established.
- Sowing Seeds Outdoors Prepare your soil well, rake smooth and water gently to settle. Sow seeds thinly, covering lightly with soil. Tamp and keep seed bed evenly moist until the seedlings are established. Thin 2-3 times until final spacing recommendations are met for healthy growth and flowering. Cultivate, weed, water as needed, and fertilize for a beautiful flower garden.
- Seed Storage Store extra seeds in an airtight glass container away from light or heat.
- Seed Count: 25