Inula helenium Herbaceous perennial. Native to southern and central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula and central Asia. Giant plant bearing handsome, yellow flowers. Harvest the octopus-like roots in the fall of the second year’s growth. Cough and lung remedy, bitter and antiseptic. Elecampane has a strong activity against bronchial infection, pneumonia and debilitating, chronic cough. The plant is processed to yield a blue dye. This is pure seed, with pappus removed.
- Sow seed in greenhouse in early spring or sow directly in garden in mid-spring. Light-dependent germinator (plant on surface or only very shallowly covered, so light can penetrate).
- Expect excellent germination in about 12 days.
- After second set of leaves appear, transplant seedlings out to the garden, even if you still expect a few frosts.
- Grows in full sun or partial shade.
- Plant 2 feet apart.
Organically Grown. 100 seeds/pkt.
Planting & Care
Soil & Water:Prefers rich, sodden to moist garden or wayside soil in the sun to part shade.
Planting & Growing:Sow in spring, directly in a prepared garden bed or pots. Barely cover seed, tamp in firmly and keep warm, moist and in the light until germination (about 12 days). Thin or transplant to 1-2 feet apart.
Harvesting & Storage:Root may be harvested in the late fall of the second or third year.