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Inula helenium

Elecampane

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.8m to 2.2m
  • Spread0.6m to 1m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourBright yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Inula helenium (Elecampane). This is a large species which will grow to about 2.4m tall with a spread of 1m. The flowers are large yellow and daisy-like; they will bloom in the summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub or Herbaceous

Other common names

Wild sunflower, Scabwort

Origin

Europe to W.Asia

Interest and use

Border, cutting bed, medicinal

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Fertile, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Taller species need support.

Propagation

Propagation is by seeds in the autumn or the spring.

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