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Compositae Inula helenium L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is a coarse growing perennial herb, cultivated for the roots. Leaves are up to a foot long, elloptic-oblong and hairy. Roots should be dug the second year. A preparation of the mucilaginous roots is used as a medicine, and roots are also used in sweetmeats. No data are available on production in the U.S., but it is very limited if at all.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch