Helenium autumnale (Sneezeweed) - photos and description

Helenium autumnale

Helenium autumnale

Helenium autumnale

Helenium autumnale

Helenium autumnale
15 cm ruler for scale

Helenium autumnale
Bracts reflexed

Helenium autumnale
Stem leaf in above photo

General: Stout-stemmed plant with a branching growth habit. Stems pubescent with small hairs.

Flowers: Flower heads many at the end of branches, flowers yellow, flower heads measured to 4 cm diameter, petal tips having 3 or 4 rounded lobes, petals somewhat reflexed. Bracts reflexed, the reflexed bracts identifies the genus in the Asteraceae family in Budd's Flora.

Leaves: Leaves cauline, lanceolate, entire, alternate, sessile. Leaf highlighted in above photo was 7 cm long and 22 mm wide. Leaf top and bottom are pubescent with small hairs.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 70 cm. We measured plants to 53 cm tall.

Habitat: Edges of sloughs, streams, and wet meadows in the prairies, parklands, boreal forest.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Above photographs taken August 5th and August 9th, on the banks of the Red Deer River, boreal forest, 400 km north of our home in Regina, SK.