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Elecampane (Inula helenium) potted plant, organic

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Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy Zones 3 to 8

Herbaceous perennial. Native to southern and central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula and central Asia. Giant plant bearing handsome, yellow flowers. Harvest the octopus-like roots in the fall of the second year’s growth. Traditional usage (TWM): bronchial infection, pneumonia and debilitating, chronic cough. The plant is processed to yield a blue dye. Plant prefers part shade and evermoist soils, although full sun will be tolerated. Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart.

Potted plant, Certified Organcically Grown




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  1. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful

    Update 3 years out


    Healthy viable plants, this year once the flowers died back I pruned back to give the other plants some successn. They were too pretty to compost so put a bundle of the tops in the greenhouse. Three days later they had imploded. Something caught my eye – kinda luminescent. What a wonder it was seeing the seeds everywhere, just like a dandelion. Each seed has it’s own propeller. Love it!

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