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Inula racemosa ‘Sonnenspeer’
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Inula

These upright, easygoing perennials promise to brighten any sunny spot with their cheerful display of yellow, daisy-like flowers. Inulas belong to the Asteraceae family and require little maintenance, asking only for well drained soil.

Inula racemosa ‘Sonnenspeer’ full sun

Soaring to lofty altitudes, this impressive perennial launches nearly 7 ft. tall, red-streaked stalks clothed in large, wavy hirsute leaves up to a foot long. Big, bright yellow daisies—narrow-rayed and shaggy looking—are borne among the verdant foliage on lengthy spires.

All these generous proportions forge a dramatic clumping specimen that can be underplanted with contrasting ground covers such as Sesleria ‘Greenlee’ or Pennisetum spathiolatum in the wild garden, back of the border or pond side. Even stately as it goes dormant, ‘Sonnenspeer’s glistening bronze leaves offer fall and early winter appeal.

Size: 6' 0"–7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.

Inula racemosa ‘Sonnenspeer’ (P-1654)
Each $7.75
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