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Inula britannica - L.

Common Name Xuan Fu Hua, British yellowhead
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist meadows, streamsides, ditches, wet woods etc[17].
Range Europe to E. Asia. Formerly naturalized in Britain, but probably now extinct there[17].
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Weed Potential No
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Inula britannica Xuan Fu Hua, British yellowhead


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Inula britannica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from August to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, flies. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow; Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Antibacterial  Antiemetic  Cancer  Carminative  Cholagogue  Deobstruent  Depurative  Diuretic  
Expectorant  Laxative  Resolvent  Stomachic  Tonic  Vulnerary

Xuan Fu Hua is used in Chinese herbalism as a mildly warming expectorant remedy and it is especially suitable where phlegm has accumulated in the chest[254]. The flowers are more commonly used, but the leaves are also used, generally for less serious conditions[254]. The leaf is discutient and vulnerary[218]. The flowers are antibacterial, carminative, cholagogue, deobstruent, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, stomachic and tonic[218]. They are used internally in the treatment of bronchial complaints with profuse phlegm, nausea and vomiting, hiccups and flatulence[176, 238]. The flowers have an antibacterial action, but this can be destroyed by proteins in the body[176]. The plant is harvested when in flower and can be dried for later use[254]. The root is discutient, resolvent and vulnerary[218]. The plant has been mentioned as a possible treatment for cancer of the oesophagus[218].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in any moderately fertile well-drained soil[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[238]. The sub-species I. britannica chinensis is the form used medicinally[238].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed, it is worthwhile trying a sowing in situ in the spring or the autumn. Division in spring or autumn[111].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Inula britannica chinensisXuan Fu HuaPerennial0.6 6-9  LMHSNM13 
Inula cappaSheep's EarShrub1.8 -  LMHSNM02 
Inula conyzaPloughman's SpikenardBiennial/Perennial1.2 5-9  LMHNM01 
Inula crithmoidesGolden SamphirePerennial1.0 -  LMHSNM20 
Inula heleniumElecampane, Elecampane inulaPerennial1.5 4-8  LMHSNM33 
Inula racemosa Perennial2.0 6-9  LMHNM02 
Inula royleana Perennial0.6 5-9  LMHNM01 

 

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