Elecampane (Inula helenium) - 25 Seeds
•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 3-8
This stunning plant features handsome, yellow flowers and is named after Helen of Troy. As the legend goes, she was holding an elecampane in her hand when she left to live with Paris in Troy, another legend says that it sprung up from where her tears fell. It was used in ancient Rome for culinary purposes as well as medication. Elecampane is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but it is cultivated all over the world.
Elecampane prefers part shade and moist soils, although full sun will be tolerated. Sow seeds in a greenhouse in early spring or sow directly in the garden in mid-spring. This is a light-dependent germinator (plant on surface or only very shallowly covered, so light can penetrate). Expect germination in about 12 days. After the second set of leaves appear, transplant seedlings out to the garden, even if you still expect a few frosts. Grows in full sun or partial shade. Plant 2 feet apart.
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