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Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

Helenium autumnale
Helen's flower has spotless foliage and strong stems holding masses of brightly multi-colored daisies with chocolate drop centers. An essential native flower for bees, it blooms long and thrives in fertile, compost-enriched borders.
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Pot: 3.5" h x 2.63" w (9.5 fl oz)
Lifecycle
Perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
4,
5,
6,
7,
8
Mature Size
3' h x 2-3' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Deep yellow to rusty-orange, with golden edging
Features
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
Set in the ground when a light frost is still possible in early spring, or in late summer to early autumn.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
A beautiful native flower, Helenium or sneezeweed, is found in wet meadows and along sunny pond edges. It seamlessly transitions to humus-rich soil in borders, where its bright flowers enliven midsummer and fall gardens and pair beautifully with grasses. Cut back in early June to promote additional branching and flowering and a more manageable size that will not need staking. Deadhead, if desired, for extended bloom, or allow the seedheads to add interest to late fall and winter gardens. Deer-resistant, it attracts butterflies, bees, and beneficial insects and is a host plant for some butterfly caterpillars. Divide every 3-4 years. Caution: contains some toxic elements.
Final Spacing:
1.5-2'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Keep moist—water regularly and do not allow soil to dry out.
Soil pH:
Does best in slightly acidic to neutral soils, but will tolerate most pH levels.
Fertilizer:
Mix in a balanced organic fertilizer when planting and topdress with an inch of compost in spring. Too much fertilizer will cause plants to grow too tall.
Diseases & Pests:
No major pests or diseases. Occasional mildew or rust problems can be prevented by dividing every few years to allow for enough air flow.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when flowers 3/4 to fully open.