Connecticut Plants
Purple-headed Sneezeweed
Helenium flexuosum Raf.

The very dark-colored disk distinguishes purple-headed sneezeweed from other species of sneezeweed, which have yellow-green disks. (See the sneezeweed page.) On all sneezeweeds, the yellow ray petals have three lobes -- these distinguish sneezeweeds from black-eyed susan and other yellow coneflowers.

  • Synonyms: Helenium nudiflorum
  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: damp meadows, thickets, and roadsides
  • Height: 1-3 feet
  • Flower size: flower heads about 2 inches across
  • Flower color: dark purple disk and yellow rays
  • Flowering time: June to October
  • Origin: native
Helenium flexuosum Raf.
Helenium flexuosum Raf.