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Helenium amarum

Pronunciation: Hel-ee-nee-um a-mahr-um
Family: Compositae or asteraceae = composite or aster family
Common Name: Bitterweed, sneezeweed, yellowdicks
Plant Type:
  • annual
Height to: 2-4'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -20 to -30ºF ZONE 4
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • mid spring
  • late spring
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
  • early autumn
  • mid autumn
  • late autumn
Bloom Description: Flowers are spoke-like, 1 in. Wide and composed of yellow, round discs and yellow, short rays which point down and have 2-3 notches at the end of the petals; flowering june, july, august, september, october, to november.
Soil Type: Fertile, moist but well drained
Pests and Diseases: Powdery mildew, rust, leaf smut, fungal spots
Propagation: Sow seed of species or root basal cuttings of cultivars, in containers in cold frame in spring. Divide in autumn or spring
Notes for Identification: Leaves are alternate, sessile, thin, elongated, numerous, basal, strong, grass-like and have a disagreeable scent. Fruit are long achenes. Use in wildflower gardens. Plant info from: mighigan state university
Seed photo: 0
Located in: Annual
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