Legend has it that Helenium first grew on ground watered with the tears of Helen of Troy. The backbone of the late season garden, they send out branching stems covered with red, yellow, orange and bronze daisy-like flowers that have sculpted conical centers and fringed satiny petals. In areas of high wind or heavy rain, the stout stalks may need support.
Long after other flowers have had their say, this tall, back-of-the-border Helenium delivers a bonfire of color. Henna-red and burnt orange petals, streaked with gilt hues, surround velvety brown centers, looking like the twirling skirts of flamenco dancers.
Blooms late August–mid-October.
Size: 5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Helenium autumnale ‘Helena Gold’
- Helenium bigelovii ‘The Bishop’
- Helenium ‘Butterpat’
- Helenium ‘Coppelia’
- Helenium hoopesii
- Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’
- Helenium ‘Potters Wheel’
- Helenium ‘Red Jewel’
- Helenium ‘Rotgold’
- Helenium ‘Rubinzwerg’
- Helenium ‘Sahins Early Flowerer’
- Helenium ‘Waltraut’
- Helenium ‘Zimbelstern’