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Inula helenium








Latin Name

     Inula helenium

Alternative Name

     Elecampane

Description & Uses

Elecampane can grow to between 5 and eight feet in height.  The leaves reach 18" in length and are coarsely toothed with a grey, downy underside.  The stem is thick, hairy and ridged and is filled with a white spongy pith.

Roots can be cooked and used as a root vegetable.

Cultivation

The plants prefer a sunny position out of doors where the soil is moist and fertile.  Seed can be sown in the spring or the the plants can be divided in autumn.  Young plants should be set 3 - 4 ft apart.  Plants may need staking.

2nd or 3rd-year roots should be dug in autumn.

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