The Yellow Farmhouse Garden

July 28, 2009

Dakota Gold!

Filed under: Uncategorized — bob @ 9:20 pm

Thar’s gold in them thar hills!!

Not the precious metal type of gold, but the horticultural kind you can find in Helenium ‘Dakota Gold’.

Helenium is the genus name for a grouping of plants that includes Sneezeweed. Many of these species and varieties are tall, often growing over four feet in height and having large orangish flowers.

Dakota Gold grows only about a foot tall and about a foot and a half  in width.  It’s growth habit makes it ideal for planting in the front of a bed.

It also produces an abundance of dainty, bright golden yellow flowers.

I used it in a spot where I wanted a swath of yellow but didn’t want to use something over-powering like Marigolds. A single plant of Dakota Gold, or a planting of just a few, would not be very impressive,  but plant a good sized drift of them and they suddenly become something special.

As far as I know, last year was the first year Dakota Gold seed was widely available. We should be seeing more and more Helenium Dakota Gold being made available in garden centers in the future as more gardeners discover this wonderful little plant.

…and that’s nothing to sneeze at!



  1. I love sneezeweed! I have a couple of the native variety (currently forming buds) and several ‘Mardi gras’ which have been blooming their hearts out for the last month or so.

    Comment by Monica the Garden Faerie — August 4, 2009 @ 10:01 am

  2. Hi Monica,
    If you like ‘Mardi Gras’, you may enjoy the contrast of the smaller growth habit of ‘Dakota Gold’.
    Thanks for sharing your comments.

    Comment by Bob — August 4, 2009 @ 5:47 pm

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