Helenium amarum var. badium
Helenium amarum (Raf.) H. Rock var. badium (A. Gray ex S. Watson) Waterf.
Yellowdicks, Brown Bitterweed, Basin Sneezeweed
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Helenium badium, Helenium tenuifolium var. badium
USDA Symbol: HEAMB2
Basin sneezeweed is erect, 1-2 1/2 feet tall, and very hairy except on the flower stems. The threadlike leaves are 1 1/2-2 inches long and are concentrated below the naked flower stems, which are 4-8 inches long. Flowers bloom at the end of the stem and are 1-2 inches across. Ray flowers are yellow and 3-toothed at the end, generally pointing downward. The disc flowers are reddish-brown and almost spherical, with the ray flowers attached to the lower side of the sphere.
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: OK , SC , TX
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
BibliographyBibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Helenium amarum var. badium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Helenium amarum var. badium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Helenium amarum var. badium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2011-04-12
Research By: TWC Staff