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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



Also Known As

Horse Heal Elfdock

Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials
Herbs Herbs

Bloom Season

July - September


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 6'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Flower Border
  • Herb

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


    Native Range



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

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm

  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b

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