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Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)

Image ID: ahgh17

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Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Height: 2 to 5 ft.
Blooms: August to November
Leaf Type: toothed
Bloom Size:  1.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Regular blooms, 10 or more parts
Location: Allegheny Highlands Trail
Date:  9/7/2002
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Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The common name is derived from historic folk medicine. Dried leaves were used for "sneezing powder" that were thought to rid the body of evil spirits.
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.

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