Elecampane

(Inula helenium) Elecampane is an herbaceous perennial also known as horseheal. A member of the Aster family, it is an herb that is used as a medicinal plant and more commonly in modern times considered an ornamental. It is also an excellent pollinator attractor. Native to Eurasia, from Spain to western China, horseheal has also naturalized in parts of North America. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost or direct seed after last frost. Surface sow seeds and just lightly press into soil, as they require light in order to germinate. Ideal germination temperature is 60-65 F. Space plants 14-18 inches apart. Plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil, and they are tolerant of low-fertility soils. They are also quite heat and drought tolerant.

 

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