Helenium 'Sombrero'
Helenium 'Sombrero'
Helenium 'Sombrero'
Helenium 'Sombrero'
Helenium 'Sombrero'
Helenium 'Sombrero'
Helenium 'Sombrero'

Helenium 'Sombrero'


Helenium 'Sombrero'

1 bare root — £2.48

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The beautiful Helenium 'Sombrero' reaches just 50-70cm or so, unlike many other Heleniums which can spread almost uncontrollably and be several metres high. This one is ideal for the front of, or mid-way in a border—as well as is patio pot or container. 'Sombrero' 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. 

Bred in The Netherlands, Helenium 'Sombrero' was only released to the gardening audience a few years ago. It is a compact, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with a neat, branching habit. dense, oblong, dark green leaves. It will be at its absolute best in full sun. From late summer into autumn, upright stems carrying bright yellow, daisy-like flowers. In the centre of each bloom is a greenish yellow cone. The flowers are loved by 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. Sometimes mildew can affect sneezeweed, but Helenium autumnale 'Sombrero' offers excellence resistance to this fungal problem.    

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

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Helenium autumnale 'Sombrero'ᴾᴮᴿ (Mariachi Series)

  • Flower colour


  • Plant size


  • Established height


  • Established spread


  • Plant spacing

    10 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour


  • Habit


  • Life cycle


  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position


  • Suitable for

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

  • Soil acidity


  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented


  • Pollinator-friendly


  • Mouse resistant


  • Rabbit resistant


  • Deer resistant


  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Helenium 'Sombrero' 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.

    • 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 before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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