This is a naturally more compact form and Helenium ‘Rubinzwerg’ with its mid to deep flowers, central yellow stamens topped with a deep red centre is a standout in the garden.
Sometimes called Helen’s flower this is a drought tolerant perennial. Like all Heleniums this is a variety that grows well in full sun and also tolerates frosts.
As well as being easy to grow and attractive in flower it also attracts bees, Butterflies and Birds to the garden. And to top things off its a great cut flowers.
Like most perennial plants Helenium ‘Rubinzwerg’ looks best planted in a group of 3 or 5. Although this is a plant that will form a clump over time we suggest 3 plants for getting an instant impact in the garden.
- Choose a well drained soil and a sunny position.
- Dig in some well rotted compost and cow manure.
- Plant and water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser
- Mulch around the plants to maintain a cool moist root run.
Pruning Helenium ‘Rubinzwerg’
This is a perennial that can reach around 80 cm in height, it performs best if given a a light prune in spring. Simply cut the stems back by 50%. This encourages branching, a more compact growth habit and more flowers.
You can also deadhead after the first flush of flowers to get even more flowers.
Propagation is easy by division and early spring is the best time to do this.