Legend has it that Helenium first grew on ground watered with the tears of Helen of Troy. The backbone of the late season garden, they send out branching stems covered with red, yellow, orange and bronze daisy-like flowers that have sculpted conical centers and fringed satiny petals. In areas of high wind or heavy rain, the stout stalks may need support.
Revered by both pollinators and plant aficionados, this lusty large-flowering 1947 German introduction equally impressed the RHS back in 2001 when they unanimously granted it an AGM. Attractive, long, alternate green leaves plus straight strong stems carry a unique velvet textured flourish of 3 in. wide brown-centered flowers featuring artfully painted gold-hued petals dusted with copper and tangerine shades on top, and burnt orange on the flip sides. Ideal for mixed borders, cottage gardens and meadow settings, ‘Waltraut’ lends cozy late season colors alongside other easy-care plants such as Echinacea paradoxa, Veronicastrum ‘Adoration’ and Molinia ‘Moorflamme’.
Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 12" – 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 4.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Helenium autumnale ‘Helena Gold’
- Helenium bigelovii ‘The Bishop’
- Helenium ‘Butterpat’
- Helenium ‘Coppelia’
- Helenium ‘Flammendes Käthchen’
- Helenium hoopesii
- Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’
- Helenium ‘Potters Wheel’
- Helenium ‘Red Jewel’
- Helenium ‘Rotgold’
- Helenium ‘Rubinzwerg’
- Helenium ‘Sahins Early Flowerer’
- Helenium ‘Zimbelstern’