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Illinois Native Plant Guide - Common Sneeze Weed - Pages 90-91

Illinois Native Plant Guide

Common Sneeze Weed
Helenium autumnale

Preferred Water Depth and Inundation Tolerance

Prefers moist to saturated soil. Tolerates brief, shallow inundation like that found in wet prairies, fens, and sedge meadows.

Wildlife Value

Attracts butterflies and provides cover.


Fibrous root system can help stabilize upper shoreline zones, streambanks, and vegetated swales.

Availability, Establishment, and Maintenance

  • Propagate by divisions or seed in the spring.
  • Seed is widely available from commercial vendors.
  • Excellent germination of seed occurs within 4 weeks.

Common Sneeze Weed
Helenium autumnale

Mature HeightCommon Sneeze Weed
3-5 feet

Plant Type
Perennial herb

Indicator Status
Facultative Wet (+)


Nutrient Load Tolerance
Moderate to high

Salt Tolerance
Not available

Siltation Tolerance
Moderate to high

Flowering Color and Time
August to November

Light Preference
Full sun to partial shade

Seeding Rate
.12- .5 lbs/acre

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