|Common Name||Ranchera Helen's flower|
|Size||20-24" tall by 24-26" wide|
|USDA hardiness Zones||3-9|
|Sun / Shade||Full sun|
|Soil||Average garden soil|
|Moisture||Moist but well drained|
|Disease and Pests||None known|
|Landscape use||Foundation plantings, mass plantings, commercial landscapes, front or middle of the border, urban gardens|
|Market appeal / Uniqueness||Ranchera has deep, true red blooms on strong, sturdy stems on a flop proof plant that has shown no signs of mildew in many trial gardens throughout the US.|
|Propagation Methods||vegetative cuttings, tissue culture|
|Bloom Time||June to September|
Angela and Linda’s Garden Notes:
Brought to us from AB-Cultivars in The Netherlands, these new compact, bushy sneezeweed selections are sure to brighten any summer garden. With selections in brilliant tomato red, fiery orange, glowing gold and sunshine yellow. Mexican culture came to mind. These plants come from the lab POTY virus free, so please replace your stock each year.
Ranchera will add dimension to your garden with its deep red, rounded blooms. Like the traditional music style this flower is named after; Ranchera – music played by one person with one guitar, this spectacular helenium will stand alone and upright in your garden, as a colorful beacon to draw your eye deep into the border. Its round, compact habit stands tall and does not flop in the garden and this shade of red goes so well with other blues and yellows in the border. The flowers of Ranchera are a true red, a much bluer red than we normally see in heleniums. I’ve also seen no mildew for two seasons so far on this plant.
Start fresh with cuttings form tissue culture plants each season to keep the POTY virus at bay.