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Inula helenium /Horse-heal or Elecampane

Inula helenium  / Inula helenium
A plant just beginning to grow in early spring
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A plant just beginning to grow in early spring

Close-up of the large, pointed foliage

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Scientific Name: Inula helenium
Common Name: Horse-heal or Elecampane
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Yellow
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Landscape Categories: Herb
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Comments: Roots are used in medicinal herb prepartinals. Its flowers attracts butterflies and bees. Used as a food flavoring in Europe. Grows along roadsides, meadows, pastures and woodland clearings where there is plenty of sun and a moist, well drained soil.