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Inula britannica L.: An Aggressive Weed Alert
Wheeler Foshee, Curtis Hansen, Guy Karr, Cynthia M. Morton
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Pages / Length: 2
Publication Date: 09/10/2002

Inula britannica, a member of the sunflower (Asteraceae) family, has been commonly called British elecampane, British yellowhead, and meadow fleabane. First collected in 1915 in Nassau County, New York, Inula britannica was later noticed as an invasive weed in Michigan around 1990. It has been primarily found in Hosta plants imported from the Netherlands, leading to concern over its potential as an aggressive weed in the United States. Roots and rhizomes of Inula britannica become intertwined with the Hosta root systems. This two-page publication contains detailed descriptions, color photos, and detailed drawings to help you identify Inula britannica, which can be easily confused with other closely related plants. Includes information on habit and habitat, as well as additional national resources and references.