The long-blooming flowers of Helenium Mardi Gras provide a welcome injection of colour as summer progresses. Each daisy-like flower head unfurls to reveal an orange-yellow sunburst of petals, set off against a deep brown central cone. As the bloom matures, the petals become a striated orange-red, and brown cone begins to stand proud of the flower.
Not as tall as other varieties, Mardi Gras sneezeweed is ideal for the front of the border in a late summer garden.
It is said that Heleniums are named after Helen of Troy; if so, they valiantly uphold her reputation for beauty. While so familiar to English herbaceous borders, these sophisticated, grown up ‘daisies’ originated in North American meadowland and are extremely hardy as a result.
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Height and Spread: 75cm x 60cm
Preferred Soil Type: Moist, well drained, fertile
Position: Full sun
Flowering Period: July– September
Care: Deadhead to prolong flowering season, and cut back after flowering.