Family

Composite.

Colour

Yellow.

Odour

Herbaceous.

Range

General.

Time of Bloom

Summer.

Flower-heads: large; terminal and composed of both ray and disk flowers; the former few, long and narrow. Leaves; large; alternate; clasping; oblong; serrated; the lower sides pale and woolly. Stem: four to five feet high; stout. Roots: thick; containing a mucilaginous substance.

There are flowers that speak to us of the sunshine, and there are those that cast about a shadow. Happily we associate the elecampane with the sun because its face is so bright and golden. It has also done many good deeds to man and beast during its long residence on the globe. In veterinary practice it is used largely in epidemics, and when made into a tea it is excellent for coughs, or to strengthen the human system. In fact, it is one of the oldest known of the medicinal plants.