Inula Orientalis – (Caucasian Inula)
An attractive border plant which makes a fascinating background plant with its shaggy yellow flowers, and is a good cut flower in addition.
Inula Orientalis has attractive dark green buds from which spring shaggy deep bright orange -yellow flowers It flowers throughout summer. It makes a great background filler for borders and you only need one to bush out and provide the needed background because it grows to about 75 cm and to a reasonably sized bush. It also makes a good cut flower.
It tolerates full sun or partial shade in well drained soil.
It is attractive to bees and other beneficial insects.
Sow indoors at any time, sow outside in spring or autumn. Surface sow onto moist, well-drained seed compost. Just cover seed with a sprinkling of soil. Keep moist but not wet. Ideal temp. 20°C. Germination takes 14-42 days. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to individual pots and grow on in cooler conditions. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed. Can be sown directly into prepared soil. Thin seedlings as required.
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