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Inula conyza - DC.

Common Name Ploughman's Spikenard
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry or rocky slopes and cliffs, also in open scrub on calcareous soils[17].
Range Central and southeastern Europe, including Britain, from Denmark to N. Africa and the Near East.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Inula conyza Ploughman


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Inula conyza is a BIENNIAL/PERENNIAL growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. 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 prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

I. squarrosa. non L. Conyza squarrosa.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; East Wall. In. West Wall. In.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Antiscrophulatic;  Emmenagogue;  Parasiticide;  Vulnerary.

The herb is antiscrofulatic, emmenagogue and vulnerary[4]. The plant was considered to be a good wound herb and it was frequently taken in decoction for bruises, ruptures, internal wounds etc[4]. It was applied externally to treat itchy skin[4].

Other Uses

Incense;  Insecticide;  Parasiticide.

The leaves are burnt and used as an insecticide and parasiticide, especially against fleas[4, 100]. Even the smell of the plant is said to drive fleas away[4]. The root used to be burnt upon a fire in order to scent a room[245].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[1]. The basal leaves of this species are often mistaken for the foxglove, Digitalis purpurea[17]. The basal leaves form a rosette that covers the ground for 30cm or more, destroying the grass underneath[245]. All parts of the plant are refreshingly aromatic[245].

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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.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Inula britannicaXuan Fu Hua, British yellowhead03
Inula britannica chinensisXuan Fu Hua13
Inula cappaSheep's Ear02
Inula crithmoidesGolden Samphire20
Inula heleniumElecampane, Elecampane inula33
Inula racemosa 02
Inula royleana 01

 

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Readers comment

colin hart   Wed Dec 30 2009

Your reference 17 should be Clapham, Tutin and Warburg etc...

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