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Helenium 'Waldtraut'

Helen's flower

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Orange

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Heleniums were in vogue in the Edwardian era but sadly fell from popularity until recent times when a stream of new varieties from the Continent helped to revive interest in these attractive perennials. 'Waldtraut' has golden yellow daisy-like flowers which are heavily marbled with orange. At only 120cm (4ft) high, it fits in well at the middle or back of the border, and should not require staking. It looks fantastic planted in bold drifts in a sunny, well-drained position. 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: Waldtraut

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Orange

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: 120cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: February to March

Flowering period: August to September


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