Helenium autumnale

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Standing tall in a meadow or garden bed, Helenium autumnale is a must-have for native plant enthusiasts. Joyfully arching toward the sun, flowers feature scalloped golden petals around a button-like center. Tall stems are covered in dark green lanceolate leaves. With abundant late-season blooms, this native wildflower is a rich source of food for both native bees and honey bees preparing for autumn.
Zones 3 - 8
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Great For Mass Plantings
Low Maintenance
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height 3-5 ft tall , 2-3 ft wide
Bloom TimeLate summer to mid fall
Item Package SizePlant - 3" Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information

Helenium autumnale is a joyful golden addition to native and pollinator-friendly gardens. Great for rain gardens or low-lying garden sites, plant in a sunny spot somewhat protected from high winds in moist to average soil. In late summer, Helenium autumnale blooms with golden daisy-like flowers with prominent centers, which are composed of tiny disc flowers. Helenium autumnale has a broad native range across the US and most of Canada, and is recognized by The Xerces Society for its value to native bees. Deadheading will encourage new flowers. Pairs beautifully with other native perennials such as Joe Pye Weed, Iron Weed, or Blazing Star. Helenium is pollenated by insects, not by wind; it is commonly called sneezeweed, though not from the effects of its pollen - historically, its dried leaves were used to make a form of snuff.  

More Information
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Common Sneezeweed
Botanical Name
Helenium autumnale
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Flower Size
2" flowers
Mature Height
3-5 ft tall
Mature Spread
2-3 ft wide
Bloom Time
Late summer to mid fall
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Green lance-shaped foliage.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Average Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Wet Sites
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Native, Great For Mass Plantings, Low Maintenance, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Additional Information
Recognized by the Xerces Society for value to Native Bees. Deadheading will encourage new flowers. Great for rain garden.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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Zone 7Shipping begins the week of October 10th, 2022
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Zone 9Shipping begins the week of October 10th, 2022
Zone 10Shipping begins the week of October 17th, 2022

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