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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    This plant's large leaves add a unique texture to the back of the border, while its yellow flowers provide late season interest. Elecampane is used in France and Switzerland to make absinthe.

    Latin Name

    Inula helenium


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Also Known As

    Horse Heal , Elfdock


    Type of Plant

    Perennials
    Herbs

    Bloom Season

    July - September


    Seasons

    Summer
    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 6'
    Max Spread: 3'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Herb

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Colors


    Native Range

    Eurasia


    History

    John Bartram had this plant in his catalog in the mid-18th century.


    Other Details

    Pollinator

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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