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Inula hookeri (Hooker Inula)

Elecampane, Hooker Inula


Flowering freely in summer, Inula hookeri (Hooker Inula) is clump-forming, slowly spreading perennial boasting large, 3 in. across (8 cm), finely rayed, bright yellow flowers from mid-summer to early fall. Usually clustered in groups of 1-3 flowers, each flower features a dark center disc surrounded by fine yellow rays. Inula hookeri is ideal for attracting wildlife; butterflies love the flowers and birds eat the seedheads. The showy blossoms are borne atop leafy stems above a broad, mounding clump of furry, mid-green leaves. Tolerant of most garden soils, Inula hookeri is a great companion plant for heleniums, red hot pokers, monardas and echinaceas.

  • Grows up to 30 in. tall (75 cm) and 18 in. wide (45 cm). Will colonize widely.
  • Enjoys part shade in deep, fertile, moist well-drained soils.
  • Well-suited for beds and borders, cottage gardens, wildlife gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • Inula hookeri can be invasive so site with care.
  • No serious pest or disease issue. Keep an eye out for powdery mildews.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame in spring or autumn. Propagate by division in spring or autumn.
  • Native to Himalayas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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