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Helenium autumnale Mariachi™ 'Salsa' (sneezeweed)

Helenium autumnale Mariachi™ 'Salsa' PP25978


These bold, spicy red flowers are sure to bring rhythm to your garden palette! Its dense, compact and tidy habit will be COVERED with bright red blooms that age to shades of orange and yellow from late summer through fall. A must-have perennial for late season color and pollinator activity in the garden border.

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18-20 Inches


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Bloom Color

Orange, Red

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-9

sneezeweed Interesting Notes

The true distinguishment Helenium autumnale enjoys is that it can be found along almost any moist embankments throughout the continental North America, a truly adaptable native that thrives in sunny, moist open areas along ponds, waterways, and meadows. While other native plants don’t like to sit in wet, heavy clay, sneezeweed finds this to be a preferable condition. In cultivation, sneezeweed can endure periods of drought in the garden after it has been established. To maximize flower potential and to tidy up its appearance, a late spring or early summer pinch is encouraged. 

A favorite for pollinators, from beetles to flies to solitary bees to butterflies, Helenium autumnale is perfect to round out a planting design for wet areas such as retention basins, rain gardens, meadows, or the back of the border. Sneezeweed is avoided by deer and rabbits due to its bitter leaves that contain a toxic compound. The plant must be ingested in large quantities but it has been known to make livestock sick. 

Helenium autumnale Mariachi™ 'Salsa' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best in full sun and average to moist, well-drained soil. Cut foliage back after flowering to get a second bloom. Water well upon planting and regularly until established. 

Good Substitutions

purple-headed sneezeweed Helenium flexuosum 'Tiny Dancer'
sneezeweed Helenium 'Mardi Gras'
common sneezeweed Helenium autumnale

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Cut Flower
Cut Flower

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Bioretention/Rain Garden
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative Wetland (FACW)
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
For Animals
Caution: Toxic
Clay Tolerance
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Propagation Type
Tissue culture