Plant A Day – Common Sneezeweed

Common Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale

Common Sneezeweed
Helenium autumnale

You might think that the common name of Sneezeweed refers to this plants allergic reaction capabilities, but you would be incorrect.  Sneezeweed does bloom late in the year, at about the same time as Ragweed and some other allergens, but it is pollinated by insects rather than the wind and it wouldn’t cause much sneezing.

Actually, the dried disk florets were powdered and used as a snuff  to treat colds and headaches and from that comes the common name.  I doubt that it’s used for that purpose much anymore.

Pod of the flower

Pod of the flower

The stems have wings

The stems have wings

Whole plant

Whole plant

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