Common Name: Elecampane
Latin Name: Inula helenium L.
Inula helenium is a non-native perennial in the composite family. This plant appears to have a very limited distribution in Minnesota and the Midwest and therefore not much is known about its invasiveness in this region. Its large size allows it to form dominant stands and it is able to grow and reproduce in Minnesota. While it has not been observed to be a serious threat to intact native plant communities, it does form dominant stands in disturbed sites and in this type of setting can compete with such aggressive species as reed canary grass, Canada goldenrod, and common buckthorn. Because it is unclear whether this species poses a serious threat, it is recommended that it be watched and possibly reassessed at a later time.
Reviewer: Ken Graeve
Affiliation/Organization: Minnesota Department of Transportation
File #: MDARA00039ELEC_8_06_2014
Review Entity - Outcome:
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