Helenium autumnale Bittersweet Common Sneezeweed Native Wildflower Seeds
(hel-EE-nee-um  aw-tum-NAH-lee)

Easyliving Native Perennial Wildflowers Native Perennial Wild Flower Seed and Plants
 for Home Landscaping and Prairie Restoration john@easywildflowers.com

Photo by cj Habitat Bloom Period Color Height Inches Moisture Plant Spacing Lifespan
Helenium autumnale seed, Bittersweet, Common Sneezweed Sun to Light Shade August and October yellow 24-48 Average
to Moist
16 to 24 Inches Perennial

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Helenium autumnale seed, Bittersweet, Common Sneezeweed
potted plants are NOT available

Helenium  = Named for Helen of Troy; legend says she was collecting it when she was abducted
autumnale = of the Autumn; Autumn flowering
Helenium autumnale seed (Bittersweet, Common Sneezeweed) seeds germinate without pretreatment. 

Seeds are available 
please contact us by email for availability and shipping charges on potted plants
Helenium autumnale, seed
Bittersweet, Common Sneezeweed 

number of seeds

approximate coverage
in square feet

1 packet -  $2.50

200 30 sq ft

1 ounce -   $7.50

 91,500 2500 sq ft

1 pound -----

1,464,000 40,000 sq ft

Easily grown in average, medium wet to wet soils in full sun. Prefers rich, moist soils. Intolerant of dry soils. Avoid over fertilization which may cause plants to grow too tall. Although not required, plants may be cut back in early June (at least six weeks before normal flowering) to reduce plant height and to encourage branching, thus leading to a more floriferous bloom, healthier foliage and less need for support. Remove spent flowers to encourage additional bloom. Cut back plants by 1/2 after flowering. Divide clumps as needed (every 3-4 years) to maintain vigor.

Noteworthy Characteristics:

This sneezeweed is an erect, clump-forming, Missouri native perennial which occurs in moist soils along streams, ponds or ditches and in spring-fed meadows, prairie and wet open ground throughout most of the State (Steyermark). Typically grows 3-5' tall on rigid, distinctively winged stems which branch near the top. Features clusters of daisy-like flowers (2" diameter) with distinctive wedge-shaped, bright yellow rays (three-lobed at the tips) and prominent, dome-like, dull yellow center disks. Flowers appear over a lengthy late summer to autumn (sometimes to first frost) bloom as indicated by species name. Alternate, lance-shaped, dark green leaves (to 6" long). Powdered disk flowers and leaves of this species have in the past been dried and used as snuff, thus giving rise to the common name of sneezeweed.


No serious insect or disease problems. Foliage is susceptible to powdery mildew, leaf spot and rust. This species generally requires some staking or other support and will benefit from pinching or July-cutback as detailed above.


Borders. Also effective in prairies, meadows, cottage gardens, wild gardens, naturalized areas or in moist soils along bodies of water.

 Helenium autumnale, Bittersweet, Common Sneezeweed.  Asteraceae (Aster Family)
The map below shows areas where native Helenium autumnale, Bittersweet, Common Sneezeweed plants grow wild but it can be planted and will grow over a much wider area than shown.  USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to 8.

Helenium autumnale, Bittersweet, Common Sneezweed

Illinois, Indiana

North Carolina
NebraskaNew Jersey
New York

Rhode Island
South Carolina
West Virginia

State Distributional Map for Helenium autumnale L. var. autumnale

Use the chart below for shipping charges on our native wildflower seeds
Helenium autumnale, Bittersweet, Common Sneezeweed
flower seeds
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please email with your zip code for shipping charges on potted plants

We accept payment by check, money order, and through Paypal

The minimum seed order amount is $10, this can be a combination of different seeds.

subtotal for flower seeds 

shipping charge for seeds

seed orders up to  $20.00    =  

 $4.00 shipping

$20.01 - $50.00    =  

 $6.00 shipping

$50.01-$100.00    =  

 $7.50 shipping

over $100.00    =    7.5 % of subtotal


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Easyliving Wildflowers
PO Box  522
Willow Springs,  MO.  65793
Phone 417-469-2611 

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Helenium autumnale seed, Bittersweet, Common Sneezweed

Helenium autumnale, Bittersweet, Common Sneezeweed Plant distribution map complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1   (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.