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View Larger Elecampane

Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm

  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

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

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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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

    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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