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Inula helenium

Elecampane (Inula helenium) Other common names: Horseheal

French names: Inule aulnée

Family: Composite Family (Asteraceae)

Similar species:
  •   Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) - Flower head much bigger.

  •   Prairie Dock (Silphium terebinthinaceum) - Flowers & leaves similar, plant much taller, leaves much bigger.

Flowers: Summer;  Yellow;  7 or more parts (petals)

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, Toothed

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas, Meadows, Fields

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 376    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 114   

Native/Non-native: Non-native

Photographs: 68 photographs available, of which 8 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Elecampane (Inula helenium) plant

An Elecampane plant in bloom.

Elecampane (Inula helenium) flower

The large yellow flower.

Elecampane (Inula helenium) flower

a bee of some sort on an Elecampane flower.

Elecampane (Inula helenium) leaves

The prominent and large basal leaves.

Elecampane (Inula helenium) stalk and leaves

Elecampane stalk and leaves.

Elecampane (Inula helenium) underside of leaf

Underside of leaf - it is very fuzzy.

Elecampane (Inula helenium) late summer plant

An Elecampane plant in late summer (early September).

Elecampane (Inula helenium) plant in winter

Elecampane in winter (mid-January).

Range map for Elecampane (Inula helenium)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)