Helen's flower

Helenium 'Indianersommer'

Helen's flower - Helenium  'Indianersommer'

Common Name: Helen's flower
Genus: Helenium
Cultivar: 'Indianersommer'

Sometimes known as the cultivar 'Indian Summer'.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Brown, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: lance-shaped mid-green leaves; all parts of the plant may cause severe discomfort if ingested; contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies

    A new sneezeweed with reddy-brown daisy-like flowers with prominent dark brown centres from June to August and are highly attractive to bees. A lovely plant that is great towards the back of a sunny moist but well-drained border. A perfect companion for ornamental grasses and other yellow white or earth-toned flowers.

    Heleniums are versatile plants that love plenty of sunshine and moist soil. They rarely suffer from pests or diseases however young plants do need to be protected from slug attack. Every two or three years divide the plants in spring to keep them in top condition. When replanting add loads of well-rotted organic matter to the soil to feed them and keep them moist.

  • Garden Care: Tall varieties need to be staked. To encourage the plant to flower again deadhead them back to side shoots that have flower buds emerging.

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