Skip to main content

A tall, brash plant with chrome yellow flowers brightens the summer border. Easy to grow, it tolerates a wide variety of conditions, although a haircut in the spring will prevent flopping later.

Latin Name

Helenium autumnale



Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

August - October


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 5'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Deer
  • Clay Soil
  • Wet Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range

    North America


    Sneezeweed appeared on John Bartram's plant list in the mid 1700s.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

    Shop Now