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Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

 

Helen's Flower

Helenium bear yellow or orange daisy-like composite flowers. Larger species may grow up to 2 metres tall. Numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use - mainly from H. autumnale and H. bigelovii. They are useful plants for providing late summer and autumn colour. 'Mardi Gras' have a brown centre and yellow and orange 'tie dyed' petals which looks like skirts on the flower. These flowers can bloom for 6-8 weeks in the summer.

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plant Features
  • Helens Flower likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Helens Flower likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Helens Flower is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Helens Flower likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

 
plant information

Common name

Helen's Flower

Latin name

Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Asteraceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Helens Flower likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Helens Flower is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Helens Flower likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

  • Water

    Helens Flower likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Helens Flower is 0.30meters x 1.80meters 0.30 M 1.80 M

Helenium 'Mardi Gras'

Helenium bear yellow or orange daisy-like composite flowers. Larger species may grow up to 2 metres tall. Numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use - mainly from H. autumnale and H. bigelovii. They are useful plants for providing late summer and autumn colour. 'Mardi Gras' have a brown centre and yellow and orange 'tie dyed' petals which looks like skirts on the flower. These flowers can bloom for 6-8 weeks in the summer.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

The soil should be fertile with a generous amount of organic manner in the form of compost, manure or other decayed organic matter in addition to, perhaps, an application of a complete fertiliser in spring. Heleniums should be grown in full sun average to moist soil with good drainage. They are drought tolerant, but should be watered on planting and regularly until established.

 

Propagating by division

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Divide the clumps in Spring, and replant the divisions where required, in a sunny position. Divide the clumps by digging the clump up with a garden fork, then putting two garden forks back-to-back into the clump, and levering apart.

 
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