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Elecampane
Elecampane
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Elecampane

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(Inula helenium) 

Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy Zones 3 to 8

(Elf Dock) Herbaceous perennial. Native to southern and central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula and central Asia. Giant plant bearing handsome, yellow flowers.

 

Traditional Herbal Usage: Harvest the octopus-like roots in the fall of the second year’s growth. Was used for bronchial infection, pneumonia and debilitating, chronic cough. The plant is processed to yield a blue dye. Plant prefers part shade and evermoist soils, although full sun will be tolerated.Plant 2 feet apart.