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Inula britannica - L.
                 
Common Name Xuan Fu Hua, British yellowhead
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist meadows, streamsides, ditches, wet woods etc[17].
Range Europe to E. Asia. Formerly naturalized in Britain, but probably now extinct there[17].
Edibility Rating  
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Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Full sun

Summary

Inula britannica Xuan Fu Hua, British yellowhead


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Inula britannica Xuan Fu Hua, British yellowhead
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Physical Characteristics
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Inula britannica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from Aug to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, self.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Meadow; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses


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Antibacterial;  Antiemetic;  Cancer;  Carminative;  Cholagogue;  Deobstruent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  
Expectorant;  Laxative;  Resolvent;  Stomachic;  Tonic;  Vulnerary.

Xuan Fu Hua is used in Chinese herbalism as a mildly warming expectorant remedy and it is especially suitable where phlegm has accumulated in the chest[254]. The flowers are more commonly used, but the leaves are also used, generally for less serious conditions[254]. The leaf is discutient and vulnerary[218]. The flowers are antibacterial, carminative, cholagogue, deobstruent, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, laxative, stomachic and tonic[218]. They are used internally in the treatment of bronchial complaints with profuse phlegm, nausea and vomiting, hiccups and flatulence[176, 238]. The flowers have an antibacterial action, but this can be destroyed by proteins in the body[176]. The plant is harvested when in flower and can be dried for later use[254]. The root is discutient, resolvent and vulnerary[218]. The plant has been mentioned as a possible treatment for cancer of the oesophagus[218].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in a sunny position in any moderately fertile well-drained soil[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[238]. The sub-species I. britannica chinensis is the form used medicinally[238].
Propagation
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. Division in spring or autumn[111].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Inula britannica chinensisXuan Fu Hua13
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Inula conyzaPloughman's Spikenard01
Inula crithmoidesGolden Samphire20
Inula heleniumElecampane, Elecampane inula33
Inula racemosa 02
Inula royleana 01
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