helenium

Don't let the name Sneezweed scare you away from this stunning bloomer. The name came from the Native Americans use of the plant to make snuff. Heleniums are a gorgeous flower for the late summer/ early fall garden. They are covered in dozens of 2-3" flowers July-September and can rebloom in October.

Helenium

The flowers come in shades of gold, yellow, rust and mahogany and are topped by a brown button. They also add some nice vertical height to the mixed border with some varieties reaching 5' tall. Not only do Heleniums look good in the garden but they are also as great cut flowers and good for bees. They are easy to grow and reliable in any fertile soil and tolerate quite a bit of moisture (a good candidate for the moist to mesic area of a raingarden). They blend perfectly with grasses, bee balm, yarrow and other late season bloomers.

Some of our favorite varieties:

Helenium 'Feursiegel'

Helenium 'Feuersiegel'

Gold flowers with red highlights July through September.

Grows 5' tall and 2' wide

Zones 4-8.

Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

Profuse yellow flowers age to orange. Rich chocolate brown centers. August to October.

Grows 3-4' tall and 3' wide.

Zones 4-8.

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Unique mahogany flowers June through August.

Grows 2 ½- 4' tall by 3' wide plants. 

Zones 4-11.

Helenium 'Ruby Tuesday'

Helenium 'Ruby Tuesday'

Burgundy flowers and mahogany centers July to October.

Compact, growing 20-30" tall by 16" wide

Zones 4-8.

H. 'Sahin's Early'

Helenium Sahin's Early Flowerer

Bicolor orange and gold flowers fade to yellow July-September.

Exceptionally sturdy stems make them great for cut flowers.

Grows 3' tall by 2-3' wide

Zones 3-9.

Helenium 'Short n' Sassy

Helenium 'Short n' Sassy'

Stunning gold and orange flowers August to October.

Compact growing 12-18" tall and wide.

Zones 4.

Helenium bigelovii 'The Bishop'

Helenium bigelovii 'The Bishop' (Pictured with Anenome 'Honorine Jobert')

Large golden yellow flowers and dark centers June through August.

Grows 3' tall and wide.

Zones 4-11.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

Perennials

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

Perennials

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

Perennials

Hellebore: Winter Jewel

Perennials

Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

Perennials

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

Perennials

Moss

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

Perennials

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

Natives

Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily