Latin name: Inula helenium
Plant Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
Origin: Europe and Asia
Growing: This perennial member of the Aster family can grow in full sun or part shade. It's extremely cold hardy and thrives here in the Pacific Northwest.
Medicinal Uses: The roots are harvested in the fall/early winter and made into a tincture. Elecampane is antimicrobial, great for coughs, digestion and even fights tooth rot when used as a mouthwash. The roots don't become medicinal until the plant is 2 years of age.
Permaculture Uses: Since it's in the Aster family, it's great for attracting beneficial insects. It also produces large leaves which are great for mulch and composting. Beautiful addition to the garden.
Price: $5 per plant