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Southeastern Sneezeweed    Helenium pinnatifidum

The Southeastern Sneezeweed, sometimes called the Everglades Daisy, is found in the southeastern part of the United States.  Its name is based on the former use of its dried leaves in making snuff.  It was inhaled to cause sneezing that supposedly rid the body of evil spirits.

This wildflower is found throughout most of Florida along the edge of marshes and forested wetlands.  It is usually seen in the March-April time frame when its solitary flower stalk emerges from a cluster of basal leaves, growing to a height of 1-2 feet.  A single yellow bloom forms at the top of the stalk.  This bright yellow daisy-like composite flower has numerous three-lobed petals surrounding a broad central disc.

The images on this page were taken along a dirt road south of the Zemel Road Landfill in Charlotte County near the end of March.  By the middle of April, they had disappeared.

The distribution maps for the Southeastern Sneeze-weed are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).