Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Helenium autumnale L. var. autumnale image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Derek Anderson

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Keir Morse

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot
Family Asteraceae
Helenium autumnale L. var. autumnale
common sneezeweed
Helenium: said to be named by Linnaeus after Helen of Troy, according to the legend that these flowers sprang up from the ground where her tears were supposed to have fallen
autumnale: of the autumn, usually flowering then
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 2'-5' tall forb
Flower: head 1"-2 1/2" wide with 13-21 yellow, 3-lobed, droopy, skirt-like rays 1/2"-1" long; yellow disk 1/3"-3/4" wide; inflorescence of several to many heads in branched clusters; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruit:4 -5-angled, dry seed with no fluffy pappus
Leaf:many, winged, dotted with glands, alternate, spreading outward
Habitat: full sun; moist to wet; meadows, shores, streambanks; in sandy, loamy soil

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Helenium list Google- Images or Text

Flora of North America (off site)
Helenium altissimum Link
Helenium autumnale L. var. canaliculatum (Lam.) Torr. & A.Gray
Helenium canaliculatum Lam.
Helenium latifolium Mill.

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