Sneezeweed, Staggerwort, Swamp Sunflower
Helenium comes from the Greek name for this plant, named after Helen of Troy; autumnale meaning "of autumn", named for its blooming time.
|Sun Exposure||Prairie, Savanna|
|Soil Moisture||Wet, Wet Mesic|
Summer, Fall August, September, October
|Max Height||4 feet|
|Seeds Per Packet||500|
|Seeds Per Ounce||130,000|
Common to most of the eastern US in marshes, moist prairies, fens and sedge meadows. Can reach over 6 feet tal and has many, many yellow blossoms up to 2 inches across. Blooms from August to October.
This is an easy plant to grow and makes a nice addition to any prairie garden.
Edible Uses: Unknown
Medicinal Uses: The dried nearly mature flower heads are used in a powdered form as a snuff to treat colds and headaches. When made into a tea they are used in the treatment of intestinal worms. The powdered leaves are sternutatory. An infusion of the leaves is laxative and alterative. An infusion of the stems has been used as a wash in the treatment of fevers.
The plant contains helenalin, a compound that has shown significant anti-tumour activity.
Other Uses: The plant contains helenalin, a compound that has insecticidal properties, though it is also toxic to fish and worms.
Herbal Uses: Unknown