Inula hookeri C.B. Clarke
Hooker’s Inula, Inula
The Inula genus is a member of the sprawling aster family. Inula hookeri—Hooker’s inula—is named for the eminent botanist Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker. Inulin, found in the roots of these plants, is used as a substitute sweetener for diabetics. Inula is native to Europe, Asia, and Africa, and not found in the wild in North America.
Identification: Growing in dense colonies like stands of daisies, these inulas reach 30" (75 cm) in height. Leaves are lance-shaped. Stems are covered with soft hairs and topped by yellow flowers up to 3" (8 cm) around. Each flowerhead is composed of a darker yellow central disk flower and many narrow ray flowers. Often the rays are so narrow that they look shaggy, like windblown hair. Flowers bloom from July to October.
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Inula hookeri on apps.rhs.org.uk
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Inula hookeri on the USDA Plants Database
Inula hookeri on www.aphotoflora.com
Inula hookeri on www.tonyhowell.co.uk
Inula hookeri on BackyardGardener.com
Inula hookeri on eFloras
Inula hookeri description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 4-8: