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I. magnifica grows more than 6 feet tall.

Large, coarse leaves are a common trait and provide an excellent screen.

Yellow flowers are an intense orange-yellow with thread-like ray flowers.

Sturdy stems won't collapse.

Stems have purple blotches.

Ray florets go from deep orange/yellow to yellow.

Flowers close-up.

Elecampane
Inula magnifica

Asteraceae

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.

Propagation:
seed
division
Light Requirement: full sun

Flower Color:
yellow
Bloom Period:
early summer
mid-summer
Height: Minimum: 48 inches      Maximum: 72 inches

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.


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