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HELENIUM 'Rubinzwerg'

Image of Helenium 'Rubinzwerg'

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

HELENIUM 'Rubinzwerg'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Sneezeweed

General Description

Late in the season, the robust sneezeweed ‘Rubinzwerg’ offers lots of warm daisies in shades of burnt red. This upright herbaceous perennial has a slightly spreading habit, and though it is considered compact, it can still become waist high when mature.

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 deep russet red petals. The flowers 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 plants may need to be staked. If cut back by half in late spring to early summer, the plants will develop a more compact, well-branched habit and will bloom more. The rich flowers of 'Rubinzwerg' 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

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • 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, Crimson, Bronze

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Chocolate

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    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

    No

  • 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