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Herb - Elecampane
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Giant deer-resistant, pollinator-friendly perennial (up to 5 ft). Root is a proven medicinal around the globe for treating bronchial infections, soothing lung disorders and relieving persistent coughs. Native to central Asia, with large tobacco-like leaves and bright yellow flowers, root is also a valued dye. Rich source of inulin. Permaculture, polyculture and homestead garden favorite.
Start indoors 5 weeks before putting out after the last frost. Seeds are light-sensitive so just tamp into soil, don’t cover completely. Elecampane likes full sun to partial shade and average, well drained garden soil. Flowers all summer with daisy-like yellow flowers.
plant together with other large perennial herbs like lovage and comfrey
harvestable aromatic root is an accumulator of body-nourishing minerals and exceptionally rich source of inulin
promote root growth in second year by slightly digging root in fall of first year
not a deer favorite
Latin Name: Inula helenium
Seed Count: 50
Plant Cycle: Perennial
Days to Germinate: 14
Days to Harvest: 2 Years (Root)
Planting Seasons: Spring
Open Pollinated, Ecologically Farmed, Safe Seed Pledge
Cold Hardy: Yes
Seed Saving Level: Intermediate
Seed Storage : About 8-10+ years, when properly stored (cool, dry, dark)
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