Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Sneezeweed - Helenium autumnale   L.
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DistributionThroughout the state, but seemingly absent from the middle-western Coastal Plain. Rare on the Outer Banks and in the Sandhills proper.

Que. to B.C., south to FL, TX, and CA.
AbundanceGenerally fairly common in the Mountains and most of the Piedmont, but hardly common anywhere in these provinces; locally common to very common in the eastern Coastal Plain, but oddly rare in the western Coastal Plain and Sandhills.
HabitatRiverine and streamside meadows, openings in bottomlands, damp pastures and created wet meadows, streamhead ecotones, freshwater to somewhat brackish marshes.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting September-early November.
IdentificationCommon Sneezeweed is a handsome plant, with its broad inflorescence of bright yellow rays (toothed at the tips) and yellow, dome-shaped disk. Stems grow 2-4 feet tall, with many elliptical leaves that lack stalks but which are decurrent on the stem (each leaf base extends as a narrow "wing" down the stem). The rays are short compared to sunflower species (Helianthus).
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Autumn Sneezeweed, Large-flowered Sneezeweed
State RankS5
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B.A. SorriePiedmont, powerline W of Cool Springs Road, Sept 2015. MoorePhoto_natural
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