Elecampane, is a rhizomatous, sunflower-like composite of the aster family.


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About 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.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Elecampane, horse-heal, alanroot or elfdock
Maximum Reachable Height 3 to 6 feet
Flower Colour Yellow
Bloom Time July to September
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • 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.

    Inula helenium 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.

    Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil Well-drained soil
    Temperature 25 degrees C
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Inula helenium special feature

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

    Inula helenium uses

    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

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Inula helenium ?

    Inula helenium is commonly known as Elecampane, horse-heal, alanroot or elfdock

    How tall do Inula helenium grow?

    On average Inula helenium grows 3 to 6 feet

    What color are Inula helenium ?

    A Inula helenium plant bears flowers of color Yellow

    When Inula helenium blooms?

    With enough light, Inula helenium may produce Yellow flowers in July to September

    How hard is Inula helenium to grow?

    A Inula helenium is Easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Inula helenium need?

    A Inula helenium prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

    How much water does a Inula helenium need?

    A Inula helenium prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Inula helenium need?

    A Inula helenium prefers Well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Inula helenium like?

    A Inula helenium prefers 25 degrees C

    How often should I fertilize my Inula helenium ?

    To encourage Inula helenium growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


    Tuesday, 12 November 2019

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