This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Held on wiry stems above the foliage, long-lasting, strongly-reflexed, daisy-like flowerheads appear in summer, in shades of rich orange and red with a prominent brown centre.
- Garden care: Heleniums are versatile plants that love plenty of sunsh sunshine and moist soil. They rarely suffer from pests or diseases, however young plants do need to be protected from slug attack. Tall varieties need to be staked. To encourage the plant to repeat flower deadhead back to side shoots that have flower buds emerging. Cut back by half after flowering to help prevent mildew. Cut down to the ground in late winter. Every two or three years in the spring when the new growth is surging away you can divide the plants to keep them in top condition. Ideally the new growth should be about 7cm high. You can either replant them straight into the ground with loads of well- rotted organic matter to feed them and keep them moist, or plant them into pots but do make sure they are kept watered.