Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'
Helenium 'Siesta'

Helenium 'Siesta'

"Sneezeweed"

Helenium 'Siesta'

1 bare root — £4.95

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Description

Most heleniums are garden giants and they spread – so you need a fair amount of space for them. The beautiful Helenium 'Siesta', however, reaches just 50-70cm or so, and is perfect for mid-way—or even at the front—of a bed or border. You can also grow it in patio pots and containers, and it will be at its absolute best in full sun. 'Siesta' is one of a number of heleniums (also known as sneezeweed) in a series known as the Mariachi Series, named because their colours reflect the hot sunshine of Mexico and Central America. 

Helenium 'Siesta' is a compact, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with dense, oblong, dark green leaves. From late summer into autumn, upright stems carrying ruby-red, daisy-like flowers. The petals are uniquely notched, are yellow at the tips, and there is a dark chocolate button or cone in the centre of each bloom. The flowers of Helenium autumnale 'Siesta' are attractive to bees, butterflies and other pollinators and, even better, the blooms may be cut for indoor decoration, where they last well in water to give that extra period of pleasure.

Key features

  • Good for cutting

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Drought tolerant

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Helenium autumnale 'Siesta'ᴾᴮᴿ (Mariachi Series)

  • Flower colour

    Red

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    40-60cm

  • Established spread

    20-30cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Wildlife gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens
    Cut flower gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Dry

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    No

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak the Helenium 'Siesta' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting

    • Plant your "Sneezeweed" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed. Some varieties are a length of root which should be planted lengthways and shallowly (1-2cm deep).

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed until 29 February 2025
    You can expect your order in February/March 2025

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2025
    You can expect your order in March/April 2025

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2025
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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