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HELENIUM (MARDI GRAS)

Image of Helenium 'Helbro' (MARDI GRAS) PP15124

Jessie Keith

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

HELENIUM 'Helbro'(MARDI GRAS) PP15124

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Sneezeweed

General Description

Cheerful, bright flowers cover Mardi Gras from summer to fall. The pretty multicolored daisies of this tough, hardy perennial offer a variable fiesta of red, orange and yellow tones. This Blooms of Bressingham introduction has an upright, spreading habit and strong, well-branched stems that hold up to wind and rain better than standard sneezeweed.

Dark green, lance-shaped leaves provide a nice backdrop for the late season blooms of sneezeweed. Each colorful daisy has a dark center surrounded by fiery petals that are orange-red when they first open and then fade to orange and finally gold, so each plant has multicolored flowers. The blooms attract both bees and butterflies and are followed by dark brown seedheads that provide seed to hungry songbirds. It will bloom over a longer period if its spent flowers are removed.

Plant sneezeweed in full sun for best form and flowering. It will withstand a wide range of soil types as long as they have good drainage. The rich flowers of Mardi Gras add warmth to perennial or wildflower gardens. It mingles nicely with other warm colored perennials and ornamental grasses and its pretty flowers are long-lasting when cut for arrangements.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Orange, Gold, Orange Red, Chocolate

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes