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Helenium autumnale var. autumnale
Helenium autumnale L. var. autumnale
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Helenium autumnale var. canaliculatum, Helenium autumnale var. parviflorum, Helenium canaliculatum, Helenium latifolium, Helenium parviflorum
USDA Symbol: HEAUA
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Flower: Flower 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON , QC , SK
Native Habitat: In meadows, shores, and stream banks in loamy, sandy soil.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: In sandy, loamy soil.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Helenium autumnale var. autumnale in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Helenium autumnale var. autumnale in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Helenium autumnale var. autumnale
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-09-10
Research By: TWC Staff