Mt Cuba Center
Morning sunrise illuminates the round garden at Mt. Cuba Center.
Explore the Gardens Virtual Tour Virtual Tour

Gardens and trails are open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am-6 pm. Plan your visit today!

An ecological gardening certificate student completes a Native Plants of Fall exam in Mt. Cuba Center's naturalistic gardens.
Ecological Gardening Certificate Learn More Learn More
Program Guide

Classes offered year-round. Learn to garden in harmony with nature, take an art or wellness class, and more!

Carex barrattii
Latest Trial: Carex for the Mid-Atlantic Region Learn More Learn More
Trial Garden

Mt. Cuba Center evaluates native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value.

Mt. Cuba Center's natural lands pictured at sunset.
Protecting Natural Lands Learn More Learn More
Ecological Land Management

Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

Two guests walk down the West Slope path in spring at Mt. Cuba Center.
Gift a Membership Gift Guide Gift Guide

Enjoy unlimited general admission, member discounts, guest passes, and more!

Mt Cuba Center
Back to trial Helenium

Trial Garden

Helenium ‘Flammenspiel’

4 Photos


‘Flammenspiel’, or “dancing flame,” is the perfect name to describe the dramatic fiery-red flowers that put on a show beginning in the middle of August. A dense conflagration of flowers continues the spectacle for five weeks before concluding in mid-September. This cultivar is another 5′ tall Helenium that contributes a statuesque presence in the garden making it a perfect addition to the back of the border. ‘Flammenspiel’ is a tenacious plant with excellent resistance to disease and defoliation. Bare lower stems that are characteristic of many Helen’s flowers are not a concern for this cultivar.


  • Rating
  • Common Name
    Flammenspiel sneezeweed  
  • Bloom Period
    mid-August — Mid-September 
  • Peak Bloom
    late August 
  • Flower Size
  • Size
    64" X 32" 
  • Powdery Mildew Resistance

  • Pollinator Favorite