Helenium ‘Mardi Gras’ produces 1 1/2 to 2-inch “tie-dyed” blooms for six to eight weeks in summer, from late June to early August. Its yellow petals, streaked with orange red, form patterned stiff skirts around a deep brown, mounded center cone.
‘Mardi Gras’ forms upright clumps with sturdy stems that sway gracefully in summer breezes. A massed planting will form tight shrubby bushes within two years, with flowers 36 to 40 inches tall, foliage 30 inches tall and A 25-inch spread. Use it in the back of the border or to anchor the center of a perennial island bed. It also makes an outstanding cut flower.
With good resistance to most insects and diseases, ‘Mardi Gras’ will thrive in full sun and well-drained soil. While it’s happiest with frequent waterings, it doesn’t require high fertility levels.
‘Mardi Gras’ comes to Blooms of Bressingham from Bob Brown in the United Kingdom. For more information on it or 200 other varieties from Blooms of Bressingham, visit BloomsofBressinghamplants.com, or contact Christine Kelleher at 800-232-9557, ext. 2512.