Inula Grandiflora

Inula Grandiflora is a beautiful, attractive flower, commonly known as Showy Inula. It is native to the Himalayas and found in the Himalayas above 2000-3000m altitude. Inula Grandiflora belongs to the Asteraceae (sunflower, daisy) family.

It has long and narrow golden-yellow ray florets, dark yellow-brown-black disk floret. It looks like a tiny sunflower. That’s why it is also called wild sunflower. Ray-florets are numerous in numbers, up to 2 cm long, 3-lobed at tip; involucral bracts with bristly-haired teeth, the outer-leafy and as long as the florets, the inner shorter linear, all bristly-haired. Leaves are 5-7.5 cm long, oblong-lance-shaped pointed, lobed at base, and with glandular teeth and bristly hairs on the margin. The stem is unbranched, leafy throughout, and up to 30-45 cm long usually. Inappropriate conditions, its plant height can goes up to 90 cm long.

Vernacular Name English: Showy Inula
SynonymsHelenium Grandiflorum
Inula Orientalis
Inula Barbata
Inula Alpina
FamilyAsteraceae ( Daisy / Sunflower family)
GenusInula is a large genus of about 90 species in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Plant Height 30 – 90 cm
Spread30 – 45 cm
ColorYellow, Golden Yellow
Blooms June-September
HabitatGrassy slopes and shrubberies
PositionFull sun, partial shade
DistributionHimalayas( India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan).
IdentificationLong narrow golden-yellow ray floret, dark yellow-brown-black disk floret, similar to sunflower.
Medicinal  Properties Antioxidants

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