• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Inula racemosa

Indian elecampane

  • Other common names Indian elecampane
    pushkarmool

    raceme-flowered inula

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  • Family Asteraceae

  • Genus Inula may be annuals, herbaceous perennials or sub-shrubs, moslty with large basal leaves and daisy-like yellow flower-heads, often with narrow ray-florets

  • Details I. racemosa is a clump-forming, deciduous perennial to 2.5m tall. Sturdy, purple-flushed stems bear elliptic, toothed leaves to 30cm long and, in summer, yellow flowerheads up to 6cm across

  • Plant range W Himalaya

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Clay

    Clay

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained, Poorly-drained

  • SoilLoam, Clay

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in a deep, fertile, moisture-retentive soil in full sun or partial shade. May require support, see staking perennials

Propagation Propagate by seed or by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens Wildflower meadow

How to care

Pruning Cut back old stems and foliage as the plant dies back for the winter

Pests Generally trouble free

Diseases Powdery mildews may be a problem in conditions that are too dry

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