Elecampane (Inula helenium)
Traditionally, two-year-old roots are harvested from the plant in the fall.
USDA Growing Zone(s): Elecampane grows well in zones 4-8.
This herb grows well in loamy, moist soil in full sun to shade. It makes a great windbreak, suntrap, and hedgerow and can grow to 4-5 feet tall in ideal conditions.
Historically, the root has been used medicinally to rehabilitate the lungs, especially for those who have a chronic smoking habit or injury. It is traditionally used to help rid mucus that is stagnant and clean the liver and digestive system of toxins. It is increasingly important to grow herbs to help our respiratory systems cope and heal from the inhalation of toxic smoke from all the fires we now have throughout the year.
Stories & Traditions
“Helenium” in its scientific name comes from Helen of Troy. In Greek legend, elecampane sprung up where her tears fell.
This content is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice or a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine.