Helenium 'Red Jewel'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Sneezeweed
Common Name (Alternative): Helen's Flower

One of the best native perennials for late season color. 'Red Jewel' is similar to 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' but offers a red and orange color palette rather than orange and gold. Some flowers may have yellow tipped petals. The tall flower stems are great for cutting for fresh bouquets.

This plant is well-suited to the middle or back of the flower border and combines well with purple foliage Sedums such as ‘Xenox’. 

Breeder: Bob Brown of the Isle of Wight

Origin: Native Cultivar


  30-36 Inches
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Gold/Orange Shades
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Specimen or focal point

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Native to the edges of woods, low meadows, and moist prairies, helenium will thrive in any average to rich, moist, well-drained soil and full sun. Dry soil will result in unsightly plants. Pinch plants back by half in late spring to encourage a more sturdy, compact habit. Deadhead to promote rebloom. Divide every 3-4 years to maintain vigor.


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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.