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Inula hookeri C.B. Clarke

Hooker’s inula, inula

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusInulaA Latin name for a plant called elecampane which is itself a corruption of the ante-Linnaean name Enula campana, so called from its growing wild in Campania. This was an ancient herb described by both Pliny and Dioscorides
SpecieshookeriNamed for Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), professor of botany and director of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew in the mid 19th century

About plant names...

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 2½′ (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.

Online References:



The USDA Plants Database






Inula hookeri description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Inula hookeri (Hooker’s inula, inula)

7/17/2010 · Stan and Connie’s, Falmouth, Maine · ≈ 11 × 7″ (27 × 18 cm) ID is uncertain

Inula hookeri (Hooker’s inula, inula)

7/17/2010 · Stan and Connie’s, Falmouth, Maine · ≈ 5 × 3½″ (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

Range: Zones 4-8:

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