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PlantFiles: Sneezeweed, Helen's Flower, Dogtooth Daisy
Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Helenium (hel-EE-nee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Mardi Gras
Additional cultivar information: (PP15124, aka Helbro)
Hybridized by Brown; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MorelCottrill On Aug 18, 2014, MorelCottrill from Dunn, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

The rust-and-gold flowers of this sneezeweed are delightfully autumnal, and I can't imagine my fall border without it now. Mine began blooming in late June this year, and last year it bloomed until the heavier frosts.

The only drawback of this plant is its susceptibility to aphids. Mine was attacked in mid-July, the only plant in my garden (even with roses galore) to be targeted. I did not address the problem soon enough, and it died back to the ground. Now it has sprouted up freshly again and might even bloom this fall, albeit a bit late.

Definitely plant sneezeweed! It's one of my top five perennial picks for autumn (along with goldenrod, chrysanthemums, asters, and willow-leaf sunflower). Just keep a weather-eye open for aphids.

Positive Tex68 On Mar 3, 2010, Tex68 from Long Branch, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Tall plant producing dozens of multi-colored flowers, that seems to party at the streets of New Orleans as the name suggest.
Fast growing till frost. Flowers on new basal branches or new shoots if deadheaded.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 19, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Tall 36-40" - Plant 18" apart. zone 4-8. 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 to 2 inches in diameter. A Blooms of Bressingham selection.

General Information
A good backbone plant for the late summer and fall border.

Positive bigcityal On Dec 6, 2005, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Mine has not been as nearly as tall as described : 2 - 2 1/2' tall. The earliest blooming of my varieties. Nice compact plant.


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

Citrus Heights, California
San Leandro, California
Denver, Colorado
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Chicago, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Bates City, Missouri
Long Branch, New Jersey
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Himrod, New York
Dunn, North Carolina
Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
Haviland, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Gilmer, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Menasha, Wisconsin

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