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British yellowhead (Inula britannica)

British yellowhead Description: Primarily found in Hosta plants imported from the Netherlands. Currently listed on the Federal Noxious Weed List.

Habit: Erect, herbaceous plant that grows from 6-30 in. tall.

Leaves: Lanceolate to elliptical, sessile, may become clasping towards the top. Sparsely pubescent

Stems: Sparsely pubescent on the upper surface and densely pubescent on the lower surface. Margins are smooth to finely toothed. Lower leaves are elliptical or ovate-elliptical in shape, 1.5-6 in. long and 0.4 to 1 in. wide with a narrow or short stalk. Upper leaves have no stalk or may clasp the stem and are rounded at the base.

Flowers: Yellow in color, daisylike, occur along or in clusters of 2 or 3. Medium to large flowerheads that are 0.8 to 1 inch across. Bracts are linear and in 2 rows, green in color and soft. Rays are long and narrow. Surrounded by a single pappus (extremely fine hairs); bloom from July to August.

Fruit and seeds: Achene.

Habitat: Native to Europe. Can be found in moist habitats such as river and streambanks, marshes, ditches, wet grassland, and wet woods.

Reproduction: By seed, short rhizomes and root fragments.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System ANR-1227.

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Common Name:

British yellowhead

Scientific Name:

Inula britannica







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