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Common Name: Ploughman's Spikenard
Inula conyza is a Biennial/Perennial up to 1.20 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Central and southeastern Europe, including Britain, from Denmark to N. Africa and the Near East.
Dry or rocky slopes and cliffs, also in open scrub on calcareous soils[
|Pollinators||Bees, Flies, Self
Succeeds in an ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[
The basal leaves of this species are often mistaken for the foxglove, Digitalis purpurea[
The basal leaves form a rosette that covers the ground for 30cm or more, destroying the grass underneath[
All parts of the plant are refreshingly aromatic[
The herb is antiscrofulatic, emmenagogue and vulnerary[
]. The plant was considered to be a good wound herb and it was frequently taken in decoction for bruises, ruptures, internal wounds etc[
]. It was applied externally to treat itchy skin[
The leaves are burnt and used as an insecticide and parasiticide, especially against fleas[
]. Even the smell of the plant is said to drive fleas away[
The root used to be burnt upon a fire in order to scent a room[
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.