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Can Can Helenium

Helenium autumnale 'Can Can'

Brightly patterned flowers dance atop strong stems, with deep brown centers surrounded by a skirt of outward petals in a colorful array of gold, copper and orange. A great addition to a cottage, wildlife, or cutting garden, or small urban border. An herbaceous perennial.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationhel-EE-nee-um aw-tum-NAH-lee
LoreHelenium is a native wildflower from the Americas, found around damp woodland areas, alongside streams and ponds, and in moist meadow lands and prairies, with regular moisture. They have a shallow root system and will not thrive with periodic dry spells. The species H. autumnale refers to a late summer through fall bloom period, later than others of its genus. Despite its name, sneezeweed is not a common source of seasonal allergies.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall, 3 ft.. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer to Fall
Design IdeasThis American native is perfectly at home in a meadow or prairie garden or open woodland in areas where regular moisture abounds. Thrives along a sunny stream bed or pond's edge. A valuable late season bloomer for the traditional perennial border.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Urban Garden, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Wet Soils, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsBlack-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Avens (Geum); Bee Balm (Monarda); Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium); Gayfeather (Liatris)

Provide organically rich, moist but well-drained soil. Water regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established, prefers regular moisture, even tolerating wet soils; does not tolerate dry soils. Fertilize only lightly. Remove spent flowers to encourage continued bloom. Hard prune by 1/2 after bloom period.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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