Inula hookeri

Family: Asteraceae

Countries: Asia, China, Himalayas, Myanmar, Tibet

Inula hookeri is a clump forming, herbaceous perennial from China.  I love daisies and I adore these sunny yellow flowers and I’m very fond of Inula hookeri’s super soft leaves.  Next time you see this plant, reach out and stroke a leaf, it’s soft and furry.  I appreciate this plant because its flowers attract bees and butterflies to my garden.  Inula hookeri thrives in sunshine or partial shade.

This herbaceous perennial is hardy and it can be a vigorous grower.  It’s worth keeping an eye on Inula hookeri, as plants can spread themselves around more than you might wish.  If your garden is close to the countryside, take care to keep Inula hookeri (and all your garden plants) contained well within your boundaries.  Seeds form swiftly after the flowers start to fade; so dead-head your flowers promptly after flowering to prevent Inula hookeri seeds spreading into the wild.

Inula hookeri is often grown near ponds, as this plant thrives in wet conditions and it flourishes in moist, water retentive soils.  However you don’t need a moist soil to grow Inula hookeri, this plant is more versatile than many gardeners realise – my plant has thrived in the dry soil in the narrow border around my wildlife pond.  My Inula hookeri plant is growing in my free-draining sandy soil, where it reaches up to around 60cm (2ft) tall.  Plants grown in wetter conditions (more water retentive soils) usually attain slightly taller heights of around 70-80cm (2.2-2.6ft) tall.  My plant is packed into a very narrow border, where it has formed a plant that’s around 60cm (2ft) in diameter.  I don’t water my Inula hookeri plant in dry weather, yet it survives to grow back and flower every year.

In my garden, Inula hookeri flowers from June or July until the second week of September.  Sometimes a couple of stray flowers will persist to bloom later on, in October (and even as late as November, in some years), but my Inula hookeri‘s main flowering display is in July and August.

In spring or autumn, Inula hookeri can be propagated simply by lifting plants and dividing them to create numerous smaller specimens.  Alternatively, sow Inula hookeri seeds in containers filled with peat-free compost, or sow your seeds directly where you want Inula hookeri plants to grow; sowing Inula hookeri seeds is another task that can be carried out during spring or in autumn.

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