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PlantFiles: Sneezeweed, Helen's Flower, Dogtooth Daisy
Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helenium (hel-EE-nee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Moerheim Beauty

Synonym:Helenium autumnale

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Jun 2, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is one of the best perennials for color in late summer and early fall, blooming for 8-10 weeks. It also makes an excellent cut flower.

Flower color is a good warm dark red, fading to golden brown, a great relief from the gold daisies that often dominate late summer gardens. This cultivar is short for the species, at 3-4', but still sometimes needs some light support. Plants will grow shorter and bushier if cut back hard in early June, at the cost of delaying bloom by some weeks.

Deadheading can extend bloom and reduce self-sowing. This is not aggressive in its self-sowing, but the seedlings do not come true, and I've had a stand of 'Moorheim Beauty' eventually become gold-flowered like the species through self-sowing. Stems should be sheared back when bloom is finished.

Hybrid heleniums need full sun and consistently moist soil. It is a wet-soil plant in the wild, and it's noticeably less drought tolerant than most garden perennials. Performance is best where summer night temperatures usually drop below 70F.

Division is easy in early spring, before it puts on much top growth. Division in fall is usually fatal.

All sources agree that the pollen isn't allergenic, but they disagree about the origin of the genus name 'sneezeweed'. Some say that settlers dried and powdered parts of the plant for use as snuff, though they differ on what parts (flowers, leaves, or roots). Armitage says that it's because bloom coincides with ragweed pollen season.

Native Americans and settlers used Helenium medicinally. Poisonous to livestock.


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

Delphi, Indiana
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Detroit, Michigan
Dublin, New Hampshire
Ballston Lake, New York
Columbus, Ohio
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Menasha, Wisconsin

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