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Thick stems with slight purple blotches support large (foot-long), pubescent, ovate, serrate leaves and end in corymbs of bright yellow flowers (to six inches wide) with thread-like ray florets.
Plant Type: perennial
Plant Form or Habit: upright/vertical
Plant Use: In the back of beds and borders; as a specimen plant.
Width: Minimum: 36 inches Maximum: 48 inches
Foliage Texture: coarse
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5
Water Requirements: average
Additional Comments: Makes a good screen, keeps out weeds, needs its space. Medicinally, Inula is an effective antibacterial and antifungal, is known to stimulate the immune and digestive systems, and has been used for many respiratory illnesses including bronchitis, coughs, tuberculosis, asthma, and pleurisy. I. helenium is an ingredient in vermouth, absinthe, and in perfumes.