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Short 'n' Sassy Sneezeweed

Helenium 'Short 'n' Sassy'

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Short 'n' Sassy Sneezeweed (Helenium 'Short 'n' Sassy') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Helenium 'Short 'n' Sassy' flowers

Helenium 'Short 'n' Sassy' flowers

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Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Helen's Flower

Description:

Cheerful golden-yellow daisy-like flowers with dark brown centers bloom towards the end of the season; strong stems make this a great cut flower; plant in a moist area that is well drained and in full sun

Ornamental Features

Short 'n' Sassy Sneezeweed has masses of beautiful gold daisy flowers with yellow overtones and brown eyes at the ends of the stems from mid summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Short 'n' Sassy Sneezeweed is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Short 'n' Sassy Sneezeweed is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Short 'n' Sassy Sneezeweed will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Short 'n' Sassy Sneezeweed is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features