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Inula

Elecampane

Perennials, Flowers

These big perennials cover themselves with narrow-rayed, yellow daisies in the summer. Foliage is coarse, and most of the available species are large, back-of-the-border plants. Flowers can be cut for the vase. Given good drainage, these demand little attention. Smaller species such as I. hookeri (4 ft.) and I. ensifolia (2 ft.) are sometimes offered.

Inula magnifica (photo courtesy of J. S. Sira/Garden Picture Library/Photolibrary)
Inula magnifica (photo courtesy of J. S. Sira/Garden Picture Library/Photolibrary)

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Inula magnifica

From Europe. Grows to 7 ft. tall with 3–6-in. daisies on branching stems in late summer. Docklike leaves are larger at the base, smaller toward the top of the plant.

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