Herb: Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower


Latin name: Helianthus strumosus


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower:

A decoction of the roots has been used to get rid of worms in both adults and children. An infusion of the roots has been used in the treatment of lung problems.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
2 m
(6 1/2 foot)

Flovering:
September
to October

Habitat of the herb:

Dry woods and banks.

Edible parts of Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower:

Root. No more details but it is probably used raw or cooked like the Jerusalem artichoke.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring or autumn. Very easy, larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.

Cultivation of Paleleaf Woodland Sunflower:

Dry woods and banks.

Known hazards of Helianthus strumosus:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.