Striking 8' flower stalks above a rosette of very large green leaves.
Produces big golden flowers from the second year on.
Roots are potent antibacterial/anti-inflamatory, both internally and externally for soughs, asthma, chest infections, sore throat, and skin problems.
Simmer roots in honey for cough syrup. Harvest roots the second and following years. Great with perennial flowers, herbs, berries, rhubarb, or among fruit trees.
An essential and easy-to-grow medicinal herb.
BOTANICAL NAME: Inula helenium
Thrives on a fairly rich, most clay loam with an acid pH, full sun or partial shade. Germinates in 7-10 days. Needs light to germinate. Tamp seeds into soil mix and barely cover with soil. Start seed about 7 weeks before last Spring frost. Transplant outside after last frost. Won't flower first year. Use rot only, harvest second year.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Perennial/Zones 6-9/Height 8"/Spacing 18-36"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Bee Friendly