The Helenium autumnale is native to North America and is a member of the aster or sunflower family (Asteraceae or Compositae). The common name is sneezeweed.
The Helenium autumnale ‘Ranchera’ is a sturdy, compact, disease resistant and richly flowering perennial.
The flowers of the Helenium autumnale ‘Ranchera’ are red at first and will turn to orange-red later. By cutting this perennial a little bit back in May you will encourage branching which will lead to more flowers. By dead heading the flowers you can extend the flowering season.
The sneezeweed prefers a sunny spot in moist but well drained soil.
To maintain vigour it is best to divide the Helenium autumnale ‘Ranchera’ every 3 or 4 years. Prize off the most vigorous parts from the outside of the clump and replant them.
Characteristic: newly emerging every year
Exposure: sun/ part shade
Foliage colour: green
Flower colour: red
Flowering time: August - October
Hardiness: -30 ºC (-22 ºF)
Height: 20 inches (50 cm)
Soil: normal/ moist