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Helenium 'Waltraut' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Brown and Yellow in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

sneezeweed 'Waltraut'

Family

Asteraceae


Helenium may be upright, clump-forming annuals, biennials or herbaceous perennials with simple leaves and showy daisy-like flower-heads over a long period

'Waltraut' is an erect perennial with brown-eyed, golden-brown flower-heads to 8cm across, in late summer and autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Provide support for best results

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by division in autumn or spring. Propagate by basal cuttings in a cold frame in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Wildlife Gardens, Prairie Planting or Cut Flowers


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by a leaf spot