Rosilla, Autumn Lollipop,Sneezeweed, Helen's Flower, Dogtooth Daisy
Helenium puberulum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helenium (hel-EE-nee-um) (Info)
Species: puberulum (pub-ER-uh-lum) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Danville, Alabama

Richmond, California

Lansing, Kansas

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 27, 2007, claypa from West Pottsgrove, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I got these in a seed swap. They germinated readily winter sown in pots. They're not as colorful as the pictures in catalogs but I think they're kind of fun - nothing else really looks like them.

This plant is a California native that grows in low altitude wet locations. The stems are winged, with long, flat flanges along their length. The flowers are about a half inch in diameter.
It seems to do fine in my sunny front yard, maybe a little more water required than other plants, but not a water hog.

Thompson & Morgan calls this "H. puberleum" (sic), another calls it "H. pulchella".