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Inula helenium - Plant

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Elecampane, is a rhizomatous, sunflower-like composite of the aster family.
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Description for Inula helenium

Elecampane, Inula helenium, also called horse-heal or marchalan, is a widespread plant species in the sunflower family Asteraceae. It typically grows to 3-6' tall. It is noted for having coarse, toothed, rough-hairy leaves, broad floral bracts, feature numerous very thin, scraggly yellow rays which surround a center disk of darker yellow tubular flowers.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
Elecampane, horse-heal, alanroot or elfdockYellowJuly to September3 to 6 feetEasy to grow

Planting and care

Inula is a bushy herbaceous summer flowering plant. It blooms from July to October in most zones and produces 5-inch blooms with slender rayed petals in yellow and deep orange-yellow. Most species are hardy to USDA planting zones 5 to 8.

Full Sun to Partial ShadeWell-drained soil Medium25 degrees CApply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Inula helenium

  • Inula plants need plenty of space to grow, well-drained soil and a sunny location.
  • They are tolerant of a range of soil types but avoid heavy clay soils which do not drain well.
  • Prune back the plants in early spring to remove the dead stems from winter.

Typical uses of Inula helenium

Special features: Can be used for cottage gardens, wildflower gardens, borders, herb gardens etc.

Culinary use: NA

Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: The root is used to make medicine. Elecampane is used for lung diseases including asthma, bronchitis, and whooping cough. It is also used to prevent coughing, especially coughing caused by tuberculosis; and as an expectorant to help loosen phlegm, so it can be coughed up more easily.

Note: Please consult your health expert.


  • http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=277211&isprofile=0&
  • https://www.google.co.in/search?q=Inula+helenium&oq=Inula+helenium&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i61l2&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=inula+helenium+medicinal+uses
  • http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/inula-plants/inula-plant-care.htm

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