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Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

Habitat: Forests, Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Flowers: Yellow

Attributes: Butterfly nectar plant, Pollinator friendly, Walnut tolerant, Clay soil tolerant

Height: 60-150 cm (23-59 in)


The common name is based on the former use of its dried leaves in making snuff, inhaled to cause sneezing that would supposedly rid the body of evil spirits. It naturally occurs along rivers, so it does well on wet ground. It is also at home in drier loamy soils too. It is a good plant for feeding butterflies.


For more information about this plant please visit the Ontario Wildflowers website


4265 Wilmot-Easthope Rd., New Hamburg,  (2 km north of highway 7/8 or south of Erb's Road)

Nursery (please call ahead) 519-662-2529 (office) or 519-272-3393 (cell)
Preorder or consultation 519-831-0953 or email