I have grown this flower for about five years now. It first came to me attention when I was looking for a perennial flower which liked wet areas. There were exactly two which the fit the bill for me, this helenium and Queen of the Prairie. The Queen of the Prairie was not an option as I could not find it easily. Helenium it had to be. I am so glad! You just cannot go wrong with this plant!
It bloomed its heart out the very first year I grew it. Since then it has been moved all around the garden but never misses a stride. It needs some moisture (I rarely water it), well drained soil in full sun to partial sun. It will grow to about 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide. It is very easy to start from cuttings and is never ever a thug. It comes in a variety of colors, yellow being just one of them. I have also seen it in rusts and oranges and in a bi-color mix of colors.
One peculiar quirk of this flower is the droopy buds prior to it blooming. Can you see the droopy buds on the picture above? This is perfectly normal and does not mean the flower needs water. Once it blooms the flowers perk up. It will bloom for more than a month in my garden and is a must have perennial and also my choice for August's Plant of the Month.
By the way, all flowers in these pictures were started from cuttings last summer, these are one year old plants, but pretty big plants standing at 3 feet high! Helenium are very easy to start from cuttings. See Dave's propagation methods at The Home Garden for more information on cuttings. I will at some point post on it, but haven't yet.
in the garden....