The Teddington Gardener

Helenium hoopesii

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Following on from the little piece on Sneezeweeds and having mentioned the origins of the cultivated varieties in Helenium bigelovii and Helenium autumnale, I remembered this picture from a visit a few weeks ago to Kew – in the rockery beds adjacent to the Davies Alpine House. Helenium hoopesii. Gotta love the name.

Originating in the Rocky Mountains and flowering earlier than either of the other species – in early June – with large broad grey-green leaves making a good rosette, like that of a primula. Who said the leaves are ‘of no account’…

Growing 90cm x 45cm.

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