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Helenium autumnale (Helena series) 

‘Red & Gold’

Sneezeweed

Heleniums are valued for their late summer display of velvety-textured daisy-like flowers. 'Red & Gold' features flowers in many autumnal shades, from yellow to gold, orange, red and bronze. The flower colours simply echoing the changes being wrought across the garden. 

The plants flourish when grown in a moist, rich soil and watered during summer droughts. 

Early pinching promotes more branching whilst consistent deadheading promotes more flowers. Sneezewort - the common name is somewhat misleading as they do not cause allergies. It comes  from the historic use of crushed dried leaves and flowerheads in snuff. The resultant nasal fireworks were supposed to drive evil spirits from the body. 

The latin name signifies it as yet another plant named for Helen of Troy.

£ 6.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Asteraceae    

Hardy perennial    

H7    

70cm    

30cm    

Mid green    

Red & gold    

Moist but well-drained    

Full sun

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