Bob Brown discovered a seedling in his nursery in England and propagated it for early flowering, a long flowering period, and beautiful streaked orange-yellow flowers. Helenium Mardi Gras was the result of his selection programme.
Helenium Mardi Gras produces a riot of multicolored blooms for six to eight weeks in summer, from late June to early August. Its yellow petals, lavishly splashed with orange red, form wildly patterned stiff skirts around deep brown, mounded centre cones. The “tie-dyed” flowers are 3 to 5 cm in diameter. It forms upright clumps with sturdy stems that sway gracefully in summer breezes.
Helenium Mardi Gras