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Helenium ‘Betty’ (UFO Collection), sneezeweed, zones 4-8

For late season height and colour, heleniums are tough to beat. They flower from the middle of summer until the early autumn. Helenium ‘Betty’ (UFO) is an attractive and striking bi-coloured Helenium. The flowers are red and yellow and the petals roll up slightly, giving the plant a light-hearted touch. The plant reaches a height of around 65-75 cm.

Sun Exposure:  full sun, can tolerate morning shade

Soil type: all, compost enriched soil that retains moisture

Soil PH: all

Soil Moisture: average to moist (needs good drainage)

Care level: easy (mulch in spring) (shear unsupported clumps in  early summer to encourage bushier growth) (deadhead regularly to prolong blooming)

Flower color:  yellow red

Bloom time: late summer to fall

Foliage Color: deep green

Uses and Characteristics: border,massed, cut flower, deer resistant, attracts butterflies

Flower head size: medium

Height: 65-75 cm ( 26-30 inches)    Width: 2.5 to 3 feet at maturity

Growth Rate: medium

Propagation:  Divide every 3 to 5 years in the spring to keep them flowering freely. Stem cuttings in spring.