Helen's Flower | Helenium

PhotographerHelen Chase Gage

MediumCyanotype, Plant Material

PortfolioHelen Chase Gage Blue Print Albums

EphemeraLeaf Form Specimen Photograms


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Flowers, Foliage, Plants


Image Dimensions: 17.9 x 12.7 cm cyanotype (corner-glued)
Support Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 cm (x2)

Blue Print made
August 10, 1930
At Sagamore Farm, N.H.
By Helen C. Gage


Artist and gardener Anna Soper connects the dots in helping to identify this “unidentified” specimen: “… it makes more sense that it would be Helen’s Flower, especially as it was un-named in the album. She might have thought it was self-explanatory!”


“The full Latin name of Helenium autumnale is a reference to Helen of Troy, although the plants are native to the Americas, and the fall blooming time. The Helenium is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes many similar-looking daisy-like flowers such as coneflowerscosmos, blanket flowers, and sunflowers.” (1.)


PhotoSeed wishes to thank Anna Soper for her generous help identifying this specimen. Please visit  annasoper.ca


1. the spruce online resource accessed August 28, 2019

Helen's Flower | Helenium