Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Helen’s Flower

Helenium autumnale
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie, Wetland
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Yellow
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
High, Wet
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Pollinators, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

36 to
48
inches

Spread:

18 to
30
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 18 to
30
inches
Size
Height: 36 to
48
inches
Spread: 18 to
30
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Raingardens, butterfly and pollinator gardens that are suitable for marsh milkweed and other moisture-loving species.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Prefers wet to moist loamy soil, high in orgaic content. Cut back or pinch buds June/July to make shorter.
Special Features
Special Usage
Rainscaping
Basic Description

Many butterflies and bees visit the masses of bright, one-inch flowers in late summer. This is an attractive and benefficial mid-sized native for wet or moist gardens.Photo by Mervin Wallace.

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