|Family name: Compositae|
Genus and Species: Inula helenium
Common Name: Elecampane, Wild Sunflower
Lifespan: Herbaceous Perennial
Growing Conditions: grows 5 feet tall and produces daisy like yellow flowers; the huge leaves are covered with wooly hairs; likes rich, moist well drained slightly acid soil and full sun or partial shade.
Propagation: from seeds sown in late winter and transplanted outside which is what I did; cuttings taken from the root in autumn
Harvest: dig the roots in autumn of their second year (older roots become too woody)
Preparation: I dry the roots by slicing them into pieces and laying them on screens in my herb drying cabinet.
Elecampane (2nd year plants) in my garden