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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm totally confused!! I still think it's Inula when I look at the pics... but i'm totally unsure to be honest. This thing I have grows to nearly 2m high and some of the leaves at the base are more than 50cm long. There's another plant in another garden I work in that looks similar but the leaves are not as long but wider and the flowers are not as clustered together. I think that one is a Telekia... I will try to get some pics when I get a chance see if it helps!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still think its Inula helenium, Elecampane, Horse-heal, Elf Dock......
www.botanical.com has a useful and informative article.
My plant is small, yet, and isn't flowering, though the lower leaves are huge. I dug up a piece of root from another part of the garden where it was getting mixed up with a tree and not doing so well. Hopefully we will have flowers next year. I have it growing along with Jerusalem artichokes, bronze fennel, hollyhocks and teasels, to provide a screen.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inula or Telekia.????
Not the first time this has caused a problem in id.
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Check this link.

http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/forums/showthread.php?t=43097

Easiest way seems to be to check the lower leaves.

Quote Ron...."you can tell the Telekia by it having lower leaves with heart-shaped bases rather than tapering."
Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just been outside to look and I'm happy it's Inula I have - the leaves taper all the way to the base and it normally grows to 2 metres.
The leaves in Roger's photo look similar.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hum... Ok Good Guy, I think that based on all the above I agree with you... Inula it is!!!
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