Yellow Sneezweed (Helenium amarum)

Yellow Sneezweed (Helenium amarum)

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Texas Yellow Sneezeweed (Helenium amarum). Native Plants

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Yellow Sneezeweed (Helenium amarum)

Helenium amarum is a species of an annual herb in the daisy family known by the common names Yellowdicks, Yellow sneezeweed, Five-leaf sneezeweed, and Bitter sneezeweed.

Yellow Sneezeweed is native to much of the south-central United States and northern Mexico.  It has been introduced in other regions of North America, Australia, and the West Indies.

Helenium amarum grows up to 28 inches in height.  The tops of stem branches hold daisy-like flower heads.  It produces a tiny fruit that has been known to be eaten by the Greater Prairie Chicken, but the plant is toxic to most animals because it contains a chemical called Lactone Tenulin and can even kill horses if consumed in great enough quantities. While it has not been known to kill bovines, it will cause mild from dairy cattle to taste bitter. 

 

Photos were taken in West Central Texas. To learn more about the Yellow Sneezeweed and other wildflowers of Texas, check out these books.

Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide

Wildflowers of Texas

 

 

 

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Pink Flamingo Heliconia (Heliconia chartacea)

Pink Flamingo Heliconia

Pink Flamingo Heliconia (Heliconia chartacea)

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Heliconia chartacea is a herbaceous plant, with paired large oblong leaves like those of the banana. It can grow to 7–8 m in height, and plants can form large clumps with age. The flowering stems are pendulous. The bright pink color of the flower bracts is rare among heliconias, making it very easy to identify. The conspicuous pink part of the large and showy hanging inflorescences is actually the waxy bracts, (modified leaves), with the small green true flowers half-hidden inside. It has blue-black fruits that contain 3 very hard seeds, which are capable of extended dormancy in the soil.

Photo taken in North Central Brazil. To learn more about the Heliconia chartacea check out these books:

Heliconia an Identification Guide

Heliconias of the World

Pink Flamingo Heliconia (Heliconia chartacea) Mug

 

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