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Helenium flexuosum Raf.
Purplehead sneezeweed, Purple-head sneezeweed
Synonym(s): Helenium floridanum, Helenium godfreyi, Helenium nudiflorum
USDA Symbol: HEFL
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)
The genus is thought to have been named by Linnaeus for Helen of Troy. The legend is that the flowers sprung up from the ground where her tears fell.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
, WV Canada: NS
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Dried powdered leaves and flower
heads cause violent sneezing. Were formerly used in treatment of colds and congestion. Infusion of leaves used by some Indians as a laxative. Warning:
Toxic to cattle. Conspicuous Flowers:
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2013-10-24
Research By: TWC Staff