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Helenium tenuifolium

Common Name of Species: Sneezeweed
Family: Compositae

Entry Author:  C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Sneezeweed can be identified by each of its yellow rays that have 3 scallops at the ends, and turn down.  The rays surround a disk that is a slightly darker yellow than the rays, and is large and globular.
Leaves are on average 5-6 inches long, lance shaped and toothed.  Leaf stalks are winged. 
Flowers range from 1-2 inches in width.  Rays are bright yellow, each of which has 3 scallops on the end.  Leaves droop downwards away from large, globular darker yellow disk.
Stems are rough and winged.
2-5 feet tall.
Branching Pattern of Leaves:  Leaves grow alternate to one another. 

Conditions/Habitat:  Can be found growing in thickets, swamps, wet meadows, low woods and along roadsides.
Throughout North America.   

Niering, W.A., Olmstead, N.C, & Thieret, J.W. (2001). National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers Eastern Region (Revised Edition).  New York: Random House Inc.

Newcomb, Lawrence (1977).  Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.  New York: Little, Brown.

McKenny, M. & Peterson R.T. (1996). Peterson Field Guides: Wildflowers Northeastern/ North-central North America. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

USDA, NRCS (2004). Plants Database, Version 3.05 (  National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874 USA.


This page was created by: C. Friedl, Muhlenberg College
Last updated 12/15/05