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Inula ensifolia
Inula ensifolia
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Inula ensifolia

Swordleaf Inula

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 1.293.020

An easy but little-known perennial, ideal for edging the sunny border or growing in the rock garden. This forms a bushy mound of narrow willow-like green leaves, bearing loads of bright-yellow daisies for several weeks. Widely used in European public gardens, often massed among shrubs. Grows well over a wide range of climates including areas with summer heat and humidity. Flowers are attractive to butterflies. Clumps may be divided in the spring. If clumps splay apart towards late summer, just shear them back by half. Sometimes known as Horseheal.

Further details for
Inula ensifolia

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
   20-40 cm
   8-16 inches
   45-60 cm
   18-23 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.