Sneezeweed Helenium 'Feuersiegel'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
sneezeweed 'Feuersiegel'


Helenium 'Feuersiegel', commonly known as Sneezeweed, features a bold and showy display that can brighten any garden landscape. The plant is characterized by its daisy-like flower heads that boast a warm color palette. Each flower is a vibrant composition of red and orange tones, reminiscent of flames, hence its name that translates to 'Fire Signal.' The central cones of the flower heads are typically a darker shade, like brown or maroon, which contrasts beautifully with the fiery petals. The petals themselves are noteworthy; they are elongated and droop slightly downward as they radiate from the center, creating a distinctive and informal look. The Sneezeweed's foliage is also attractive, consisting of lance-shaped leaves that are medium green in color, contributing to the lush appearance of the plant. As the Sneezeweed blooms, the garden is treated to a profusion of these fiery flowers, which are known to attract pollinators such as butterflies, adding even more life and color to the scene. The rich, yet warm tones of the flowers, combined with the abundant greenery, make Helenium 'Feuersiegel' a popular choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of vibrancy to their late summer and autumn landscapes.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Sneezeweed, Helen's Flower, Dogtooth Daisy.

    • Common names

      Helenium 'Feuersiegel'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name for Helenium 'Feuersiegel' is Sneezeweed. While not highly toxic, Sneezeweed can be harmful if ingested in large quantities. It contains sesquiterpene lactones, which can irritate the mucous membranes and possibly lead to mild poisoning. Symptoms of Sneezeweed ingestion may include nausea, diarrhea, an upset stomach, and oral irritation. If a significant amount is consumed, it could result in more severe digestive upset.

    • To pets

      The Sneezeweed, the common name for Helenium 'Feuersiegel', can also be toxic to pets if ingested. The plant contains compounds that may irritate the gastrointestinal tract leading to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and general gastrointestinal upset. If a pet ingests a considerable amount, it might experience more serious symptoms, and veterinary attention should be sought.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-4 feet (0.91-1.22 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.30-0.61 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Helenium 'Feuersiegel' is known for attracting bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects that support pollination in gardens.
    • Colorful Display: With its vibrant red and orange flowers, it adds a splash of color to the landscape from mid-summer through fall.
    • Easy to Grow: This plant is relatively low-maintenance, adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, and is generally easy to care for.
    • Long Blooming: The flowering period of Helenium 'Feuersiegel' is quite long, providing continuous color for several weeks.
    • Resistant to Deer: The plant is not particularly palatable to deer, making it a good choice for gardens in areas with high deer populations.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, Helenium 'Feuersiegel' can tolerate periods of drought, making it suitable for xeriscaping or gardens with less water available.
    • Cut Flower: Flowers of this plant can be used for bouquets or arrangements as they have a reasonable vase life, enhancing their utility and appeal.
    • Naturalizing: Helenium 'Feuersiegel' can spread and naturalize in an area, filling out landscapes and providing a naturalistic look.
    • Cottage Garden Addition: Its old-fashioned charm makes it a perfect fit for a traditional cottage garden, contributing to an informal and relaxed garden style.
    • Supports Biodiversity: By attracting and providing food for pollinators and other insects, it plays a role in supporting local biodiversity.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Helenium 'Feuersiegel', commonly known as Sneezeweed, can be used as a natural fabric dye, providing a range of colors from sunny yellows to earthy greens when used with different mordants.
    • The plant's sturdy stems make it suitable for creating informal garden supports or trellises for climbing plants in a permaculture setting.
    • Dried Sneezeweed flower heads can be used in crafting, especially for making botanical potpourri, offering a rustic aesthetic to home decor.
    • The vibrant flowers of Sneezeweed can be pressed and included in the art of flower pressing, often used in scrapbooking or botanical illustration.
    • Fallen Sneezeweed petals can be scattered on paths or mixed into mulch to add sporadic color and texture to garden beds.
    • During blooming season, Sneezeweed's rich nectar can be used as a bait to attract beneficial insects to the garden, such as predatory wasps which help in pest control.
    • Photographers and artists may utilize Sneezeweed's vivid blooms as a subject for fine art photography or botanical painting to capture their dynamic hues.
    • Sneezeweed can be integrated into educational activities for children, allowing them to learn about pollination and plant life cycles in a hands-on manner.
    • In eco-friendly landscaping, Sneezeweed can be planted to prevent soil erosion on slopes due to its dense foliage and root system.
    • For event decor, Sneezeweed flowers can be harvested and assembled into natural, biodegradable confetti for outdoor celebrations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Sneezeweed is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Sneezeweed is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Healing: Helenium is named after Helen of Troy, who is said to have had healing abilities. It is often associated with healing due to its herbal properties.
    • Grief: In some traditions, Helenium represents tears that were believed to have fallen from Helen's eyes, symbolizing sorrow or grief.
    • Protection: Some cultures might have used Helenium in protective charms to ward off evil spirits, as its bright flowers were thought to repel negativity.
    • Sorrowful beauty: The story of Helen of Troy carries themes of both great beauty and deep sorrow, and Helenium, with its striking appearance, can symbolize this duality.
    • Overcoming challenges: Its vibrancy and its late-summer blooming cycle can also embody resilience and the ability to thrive despite adversity.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Sneezeweed (Helenium 'Feuersiegel') should be watered thoroughly, ensuring the soil is moist but not waterlogged. During the growing season, water this plant once or twice a week, depending on the weather conditions; hot, dry spells may require more frequent watering. Aim to provide the Sneezeweed with about one inch of water per week, which roughly translates to about 0.6 gallons for an average-sized plant. Water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    Sneezeweed thrives in full sun conditions, which means it prefers to receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Planting it in a location that gets ample morning light with some protection from the harsh afternoon sun is ideal. This will result in the most vibrant blooms and healthy growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Sneezeweed does well in a wide range of temperatures and is quite hardy. It can survive minimum temperatures down to about -20°F, while the maximum temperature is not usually a concern as long as the plant is well-watered. The ideal growing temperatures for Sneezeweed are between 50°F and 75°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Sneezeweed should be pruned to remove spent blooms and encourage a second flush of flowers. Deadheading throughout the blooming season can also help maintain the plant's appearance. In the fall, after flowering has finished, cut back the stalks to about 6 inches above the ground to prepare the plant for winter.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Sneezeweed 'Feuersiegel' prefers a soil mix that is rich in organic matter with good drainage. The ideal pH range for Sneezeweed is between 5.5 and 7.5. Amend the soil with compost and peat moss to increase fertility and moisture retention.

  • plantRepotting

    Sneezeweed 'Feuersiegel' generally doesn't require frequent repotting as it is a perennial plant. It is best to divide and repot every 3 to 4 years to maintain vitality and control growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Sneezeweed 'Feuersiegel' is tolerant of a range of humidity levels but thrives in an environment with average to high humidity. It does not require any special humidity adjustments when grown in typical garden conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun, well-drained soil, and regular water.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, rich soil, water well, divide every 3-4 years.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Helenium 'Feuersiegel', commonly known as Sneezeweed, begins its life cycle when the seeds are sown in late winter to early spring, either directly in the ground or in containers. After germination, the seedlings emerge and establish a small rosette of leaves at the soil surface. As the plant matures, it develops a sturdy stem and a larger clump of foliage during the spring and early summer. By mid to late summer, the plant reaches full maturity and produces vibrant, daisy-like flowers with distinctively curled petals and a central cone, which are often yellow to reddish in hue, attracting pollinators. When the blooming period ends in the fall, the flowers fade, and the plant produces seeds that are dispersed by wind or wildlife. The plant then enters a period of dormancy during the winter months, where it can survive cold temperatures before the cycle restarts.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-early summer

    • Propogation: The popular method for propagating Helenium 'Feuersiegel', commonly known as the Sneezeweed, is by division. The best time to divide Sneezeweed is in the spring as the new growth begins to show, which gives the plant plenty of time to establish its roots before the hot summer or the cold winter. To propagate by division, one should carefully dig up the plant, making sure to get a good amount of the root system. The clump should then be gently pulled apart into smaller sections, each with a portion of the root system and a few shoots. These sections can be immediately replanted into the ground at the same depth they were previously growing, spaced about 18 to 24 inches (approximately 45 to 60 centimeters) apart to allow ample room for the plants to grow and thrive. Regular watering after division helps the new plants establish.