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Helenium autumnale

SKU: AM019319
per Plant - 3" Pot
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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.
key features
Botanical Name
Helenium autumnale
Growing Zones
Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Low Maintenance, Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
3-5 ft tall
Bloom Time
Late summer to mid fall


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.

Helenium autumnale was featured as a pollinator favorite in a Mt Cuba Center Trial Garden Research Report. These reports evaluate native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value, highlighting the ecosystem services they provide.