Elecampane is also known as horseheal. 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.
Perennial. This large plant produces stunning yellow sunflower type Van Gogh rays. The mesmerizing yellow flowers of this ornamental medicinal plant proudly stand almost 7 feet tall. The large 2nd year, fall-dug roots have traditionally been used to treat lung ailments and other health issues, though one should always consult a primary care provider for advice on how to use this powerful herb. Even if not used medicinally, it’s a looker in the garden!
- 4-8 hours of Sun
- Sprouts in 12-30 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 65-90 Degrees F
- Seed Depth: Surface Sow
- Plant Spacing: 24"
- Frost Hardy: Yes
- Inula helenium
Growing Tips: Prefers rather moist, well-drained soil. Direct sow in fall, or spring several weeks before last frost. Or cold treat seeds in refrigerator for 4 weeks before sowing indoors in spring.