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Helenium 'Mardi Gras' (Sneezeweed)

Helenium 'Mardi Gras' PP15124

Sneezeweed or Helen's flower

Helenium 'Mardi Gras' produces a festival of multicolored blooms to jazz up the garden for six to eight weeks in mid to late summer. Yellow petals are lavishly edged with bright orange-red, aging to clear red edged in gold, all surrounding deep chestnut cones. Gorgeous in a pot! Great as a cut flower, its long stems are sturdy and vase life is long. Heleniums are naturally resistant, even toxic, to deer and rabbits. An early pinch back helps promote branching.

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Height

36-40 Inches

Spread

24-36 Inches

Bloom Color

Orange

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Sneezeweed Interesting Notes

Produces a riot of multicolored blooms for six to eight weeks in summer, from late June to early August. Yellow petals, lavishly splashed with orange red, form wildly patterned stiff skirts around deep brown, mounded center cones. The "tie-dyed" flowers are 1.5 to 2 inches (3-5 cm) in diameter. Forms upright clumps with sturdy stems that sway gracefully in summer breezes. A massed planting will form tight shrubby bushes of impressive size in two years. - Must Have Perennials™

Winner of the Calgary Horticultural Society's 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year Award

Sneezeweed is a natural rabbit repellant.

Helenium 'Mardi Gras' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Good resistance to most insects and diseases. Will thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. While it's happiest with frequent waterings, it does not require high fertility levels. Fertilize sparingly to reduce risk of weak stems. Plants may benefit from being cut back in early spring to encourage more branching and floriferous growth. Foliage should be cut back after flowering. May need staking.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Butterflies
Butterflies
Full Sun
Full Sun
Summer
Summer
Average
Average
Moist
Moist
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Late Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Well-Drained
Propagation Type
Vegetative
Attributes
Meadow
Moist Sun