Photo: Dietzel, from Wikimedia Commons
Helenium autumnale (Helena series)
‘Red & Gold’
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.
Red & gold
Moist but well-drained