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Helenium amarum

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helenium (hel-EE-nee-um) (Info)
Species: amarum (a-MAHR-um) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Mila1 On Sep 29, 2014, Mila1 from Memphis, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

Native plant of Southern US, supports bees and insects, poisonous to livestock.

Positive Mizz_Patty On Sep 1, 2009, Mizz_Patty from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Just a wildflower on our "ranch", about 5 miles north of Fruitvale, TX. Quite fragrant. For some reason, our cat really likes the dried slender leaves - but I'm afraid they might be toxic.

Positive vroomp On Jun 29, 2003, vroomp from Marietta, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant adds a great splash of yellow for a long period during late spring to summer. Excellent for a perennial border or in mass plantings. This plant is native to much of S.E. America and North to Pennsylvania.


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

Bartow, Florida
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Mccomb, Mississippi
Pocola, Oklahoma
Arlington, Texas
Bedford, Texas
Fruitvale, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Rockport, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas

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