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Helenium 'Bruno'

Helen's flower

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Red

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Lynn Keddie, copyright GAP Photos (279400)

Plant details

Heleniums brighten up the garden in summer with their cheerful daisy-like flowers. They look set to be back at the height of fashion again with the current trend towards hot colours like yellows, oranges and reds. 'Bruno' is fine variety with orangey-red blooms that are held proudly above the plant in July to August. Cut off the dead flowers to encourage more blooms to follow. Plants will not reach their final height until their second year. To restrict their size, cut back to about 30cm (1ft) tall in May. This not only reduces their final height but will also delay flowering by a week or two. To propagate, divide plants in spring. Dividing in autumn often fails as the small plants produced die during the winter.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Helenium

Cultivar: Bruno

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: February to March


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