|Scientific Name||Helenium elegans||USDA PLANTS Symbol||HEEL|
|Common Name||Pretty Sneezeweed||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||36015|
|Description||Habitat: Found in relatively moist areas along streams, pond banks, washes.
Plant: Erect, branched, tall annual, 3 to 4 ft high with smooth winged stems.
Leaves: Alternate, lower and mid blades lanceolate to narrowly elliptic with smooth, toothed or lobed edges; upper blades lanceolate to linear with entire edges. Lower leaves wither by blooming time.
Inflorescence: Panicles of many (20 to 200+) composite flower heads per plant, each about 1-1/2 inches across; 10 to 17 yellow rays 1/4 to 5/8-inch long often dark reddish-brown at bases; large, protruding ball-shaped central disk with 100 to 700+ florets, yellow near base becoming dark brown above; hairy phyllaries.
Bloom Period: Spring to fall.
References: H. quadridentalum in "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Michael Eason, and Flora of North America.
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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