Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Purple-headed Helen’s Flower

Helenium flexuosum
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Stream Edge, Wetland
Season of Interest: Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Brown, Yellow
Fall Color:

USDA PLANTS Range Map

At the range map link above, zoom in for county-level data

Little yellow flowers with brown centers and green stems.
Photo: Mervin Wallace
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun, Medium Sun/Average Shade
Soil
Moisture
Moderate, High
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar, Food/Pollinators
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant
Size

Height:

20 to
36
inches

Spread:

16 to
20
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
36
inches
Spread: 16 to
20
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
36
inches
Spread: 16 to
20
inches
Typical Landscape Use
In beds, borders, and meadow or prairie plantings that tend toward moist. Along waterways and in rain gardens.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Deadhead to promote more blooms. Divide in spring to revive plantings.
Special Features
Special Usage
Rainscaping
Basic Description

Clumps of single stems provide abundance of showy flowers from late summer into fall. The bright yellow daisy-like flowers have pronounced domed purplish brown centers and are visited by bees and butterflies.

Where Should I Start?

Check out the Grow Native! Committee’s Top Ten picks of native plants for a particular purpose.

What’s the Next Step?

Picked out your plants? View our Resource Guide of garden centers, seed sources, landscapers, education resources, and more!

Where Can I Find This Plant in Nature?

Learn about the Native Environment(s) inhabited by the plants in this database.

Support the Grow Native! Program
Skip to content