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Helenium autumnale – Common / Autumn Sneezeweed

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Helenium autumnale – Common / Autumn Sneezeweed

Helenium autumnale, widely known as Autumn Sneezeweed, is a stunning late-summer to fall-blooming perennial that adds a splash of vibrant yellow, orange, and red hues to any garden. This plant excels in borders, wildflower meadows, and pollinator gardens, attracting bees and butterflies with its eye-catching daisy-like flowers. Despite its common name, Autumn Sneezeweed is not associated with causing sneezing. Its drought tolerance and low maintenance make it an ideal choice for gardeners seeking to extend their garden’s visual appeal into the autumn months.


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Single, 6-Pack, 9-Pack, Flat

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Native Range

United States


Full Sun, Partial Sun


Medium, Wet

Soil Type

Loamy, Silt


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Product Description

Embrace the vibrant beauty of Autumn Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale), a perennial that stands out in the garden with its profusion of bright, cheerful blooms from late summer through fall. Often referred to by its botanical name, Common Sneezeweed, this native plant is anything but common when it comes to its ornamental value and ecological benefits.

Key Features of Autumn Sneezeweed

  • Seasonal Appeal: Its richly colored blooms in shades of yellow, orange, and red offer a warm, inviting display during the cooler late-season months.
  • Pollinator Magnet: Autumn Sneezeweed is a vital source of nectar for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, enriching the garden’s biodiversity.
  • Garden Versatility: Perfect for adding depth to borders, enhancing wildflower meadows, or creating dynamic pollinator gardens, its tall, upright growth provides structure and color.
  • Ease of Care: This hardy perennial is drought-resistant once established, requiring minimal maintenance beyond occasional watering and deadheading.

Cultivation Tips for Autumn Sneezeweed

  • Light Requirements: Thrives in full sun, benefiting from at least six hours of direct sunlight per day.
  • Soil Preferences: Prefers moist, well-drained soil but is adaptable to various soil conditions.
  • Watering Needs: While drought-tolerant, it appreciates regular watering during prolonged dry spells to maintain its vibrant blooms.
  • Plant Spacing: For healthy growth and optimal air circulation, space plants about 18 to 24 inches apart.

Landscape Design Ideas

Autumn Sneezeweed’s bold colors and striking presence make it a fantastic addition to any landscape design. Use it to inject color into fading late-season gardens, as a stunning backdrop in mixed borders, or to create a dedicated pollinator garden that supports local wildlife through the fall.

Supporting Ecosystems with Autumn Sneezeweed

Planting Autumn Sneezeweed not only enhances the garden’s aesthetic appeal but also contributes to the health of local ecosystems by providing essential resources for pollinators at a crucial time of year.

Incorporate Helenium autumnale, or Autumn Sneezeweed, into your garden to enjoy its visual splendor and ecological benefits. As this vibrant perennial takes center stage in the late summer and fall, it reminds us of the beauty and resilience of native flora.


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Summer Shipping Concerns

Please expect some delays in shipping during summer months!

Shipping perishable items in the heat of summer can be tricky to say the least. Our goal is to try to get your plants to you in the best shape possible.

This means we may hold off on shipping items during periods of excessively high temperatures to give your new plants the best chance of surviving their journey in good shape.