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Helenium ‘Kanaria’

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Helenium ‘Kanaria’, or “canary,” is one of the many hybrids of Karl Foerster’s prolific Helenium breeding efforts in the mid-twentieth century. As the top-performing selection, this cultivar displayed superior disease resistance, sturdy stems, and deeply saturated, canary-yellow flowers. At the apex of its lengthy six-week bloom, plants were completely enveloped in a blanket of flowers similar in color to those of Helenium autumnale. However, ‘Kanaria’ improves upon the floral characteristics of the species with wider and brighter ray petals that are held horizontally as opposed to the more reflexed form of H. autumnale. H. ‘Kanaria’ grows to 5′ in height but requires less support than other cultivars with a similar stature.


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  • Common Name
    Kanaria (canary) sneezeweed  
  • Bloom Period
    early August — early September 
  • Peak Bloom
    late August 
  • Flower Size
  • Size
    60” x 30” 
  • Powdery Mildew Resistance

  • Pollinator Favorite