An easy to grow tall hardy perennial with bright yellow flowers, elecampane was employed in folk medicine for many centuries for treating the respiratory system.
- Antibacterial herb
- Striking flowers attracting beneficial insects
- High levels of inulin
- Easy to grow
Elecampane also had the folk name Scabwort – which is often applied to herbs like this that contain high levels or Inulin, a type of fibre that may help gut health and also the skin. As a garden herb it is better planted at the back of the border due to its height, the bright yellow flowers can still be admired there.
- Height: 100-150cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Orange/yellow
- Flowering period: July - September
This striking and tall perennial has thick fibrous roots and needs a rich moisture retentive (but not wet) soil and full sun. It can be grown in a pot; the bigger the better so those big roots have plenty of space, though this should be achieved gradually, potting it up as it grows. It dies down completely in winter and the old leaves and dead flowering stems can be removed.
This impressive plant has its affinity to the lungs and respiratory system, through the use of its roots. These are harvested in the autumn of its second or third year and can be used fresh or dried to make a bitter, spicy and warming infusion. They can also be made into a sweet tasting medicine by infusing with honey to make a syrup or by candying them, this traditional remedy acts as a stimulating expectorant and makes a good tonic to soothe coughs and bronchitis. Modern research is seeing its potential as an antibacterial plant specific to MRSA.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 24 herbs - £5.60
25+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.