Helenieae is dervied from Helen of Troy. They closely resemble members of the Heliantheae but often have a pappus of scales rather than awns.



Ragleaf Bahia

Bahia dissecta is a bright yellow fall blooming foothills composite. Plants height is about 0.5 meter. Observed in gravel soils along Taylor Creek upstream of Almont, Colorado, in Waldo Canyon West of Colorado Springs, and in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico. Bahia is a late blooming composites. It likes gravel soils at the edges of mixed conifer or Ponderosa forests. Specimens observed grow on soils formed by granite or volcanic outwash. Bahia dissecta can bring memories of boots crunching on gravel, of mountain bikes drifting down backwoods trails, or of off road bikes climbing or attempting to climb steep ridge trails. When Bahia dissecta is blooming fall weather is here and winter is coming soon.



Dusty Maiden

Chaenactis stevioides (Greek, chaino -gape, and aktos, rays ) is a desert flower. The Chaenactis genera is found in deserts throughout the southwest. The above specimen was growing on sandy soil at 4,500 foot elevation just north of Deming, New Mexico. Chaenactis is found in open deserts, where visibility is measured in tens of miles and open terrain stretchs to the horizons.


Golden Fleece

Dyssodia (Gr. disagreeable odor) pentacheata (Gr. five bristles) strongly resembles Erigeron. The specimen here was blooming at The Sonoran Desert Museum just west of Tucson, Arizona at an elevation of 3,000 feet on April 20. Kartez lists this species as Thymophylla pentacheata.



Blanketflower is a common garden flower. It is found in the wild along roadsides and in open desert areas. Specimens have been observed between 5,000 and 6,500 feet at locations in White Rock Canyon in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico and along Grape Creek Draining the Wet Mountains of Colorado.


Orange Sneezeweed

Helenium (named for Helen of Troy) hoopsei is a substantial, moisture loving, mountain wildflower. Overall plant height can exceed a meter. Specimens have been observed in meadows at Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah at 10,400 feet, in mountain meadows near Silverton, Colorado at 11,500 feet, and in moist meadows in the Jemez Mountains of New Mexico at 8,000 feet.


Perky Sue

Tetraneuris (Four nerves) argentia (silvery) is found at moderate (6,500 to 8,500 foot) elevations in New Mexico and Arizona. Specimens have been observed in the foothills near Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico growing on soils derived from granite decomposition. Tetraneuris likes open sunny areas and open glades in Ponderosa forests.