Chemical-free farm-grown Elecampane (Inula helenium) seeds for organic growing.
All seed varieties are grown at our farm, Fireweed, or gathered sustainably from the near by wilds. We gather, process, and package every seed variety we carry ourselves with love and care in small batches. We never purchase seeds from outside sources to resell to you. All of our varieties are open-pollinated, grown without the use of chemicals, hybrid-free and GMO-free.
1 pkg (approx 40-60 seeds)
Elecampane, Elf Dock, Elfwort, Horse Heal
Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
Europe and parts of Asia.
The plants are enormous growing anywhere from 7-10ft tall. The leaves are smooth and mid-green on top and lighter underneath. They are reminiscent of the dinosaur age, and a single leaf can grow to over 3ft long. The yellow sunflower-like flowers appear in early July upon sturdy stalks, and look striking against the blue sky of summer.
Prefers moist rich, or clay, soil. Does well in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade.
Seeds germinate easily and can be direct sown in fall or spring, or started in flats in the spring and then transplanted.
These massive plants require little care. They may require occasional waterings during the dry season. The plants can be cut back to the ground in the fall time.
The roots have a warm energy and a strong medicinal taste that reminds one of balsam and is bitter and sweet at the same time. They spread more laterally then downward, and resemble a many-tentacled octopus. It is best to wait until the third year onward when they are large and potent, then they can be dug in the fall or winter until early spring.
The immense stature of its above ground parts hint at the goodness below. The medicine is warming and soothing like glowing amber honey-coloured coals cradled against the deep cool brown earth. The roots are a wonderful medicine for the lungs, easing irritating bronchial coughs and asthma. The infused honey is especially wonderful for this. The tea or tincture can also be taken as a warming digestive aid and antimicrobial.
It's latin species name 'helenium' is derived from the Greek legend of Helen of Troy, and the plant is said to have sprung up from the places where her tears fell. Elecampane is also a sacred and magical plant of the ancient Celts. It has a history of use in magical protection and used as an aid to sharpen psychic powers. As a love charm Elecampane leaves and flowers are sewn into a sachet and worn by one seeking a mate.
Apothecary Garden, Low Maintenance, Deer Resistant, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers.