Don't let the name Sneezeweed scare you away from this stunning bloomer. The name came from the Native Americans use of the plant to make snuff. Heleniums are a gorgeous flower for the late summer/ early fall garden. They are covered in dozens of 2-3" flowers July-September and can rebloom in October.


The flowers come in shades of gold, yellow, rust and mahogany and are topped by a brown button. They also add some nice vertical height to the mixed border with some varieties reaching 5' tall. Not only do Heleniums look good in the garden but they are also as great cut flowers and good for bees. They are easy to grow and reliable in any fertile soil and tolerate quite a bit of moisture (a good candidate for the moist to mesic area of a rain-garden). They blend perfectly with grasses, bee balm, yarrow and other late season bloomers.

Some of our favorite varieties:

Helenium 'Feursiegel'

Helenium 'Feuersiegel'

Gold flowers with red highlights July through September.

Grows 5' tall and 2' wide

Zones 4-8.

Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

Profuse yellow flowers age to orange. Rich chocolate brown centers. August to October.

Grows 3-4' tall and 3' wide.

Zones 4-8.

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Unique mahogany flowers June through August.

Grows 2 ½- 4' tall by 3' wide plants. 

Zones 4-11.

Helenium 'Ruby Tuesday'

Helenium 'Ruby Tuesday'

Burgundy flowers and mahogany centers July to October.

Compact, growing 20-30" tall by 16" wide

Zones 4-8.

H. 'Sahin's Early'

Helenium Sahin's Early Flowerer

Bicolor orange and gold flowers fade to yellow July-September.

Exceptionally sturdy stems make them great for cut flowers.

Grows 3' tall by 2-3' wide

Zones 3-9.

H. 'Short n Sassy'

Helenium 'Short n' Sassy'

Stunning gold and orange flowers August to October.

Compact growing 12-18" tall and wide.

Zones 4.

Helenium bigelovii 'The Bishop'

Helenium bigelovii 'The Bishop' (Pictured with Anenome 'Honorine Jobert')

Large golden yellow flowers and dark centers June through August.

Grows 3' tall and wide.

Zones 4-11.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.


Lewisia: Bitterroot