Helenium comes from Helen, alluding to the legend that the plant was born from a tear of Helen, the Hellenic daughter of Zeus and Leda, whose kidnapping, it is said, caused the war of Troy. Perennial plant that can easily reach two meters. The beautiful yellow flowers can be used as a garnish in various dishes. Young, still tender leaves are eaten after cooking in water. Attracts pollinators. Elecampane is edible. Its root, rich in inulin, bitter and tonic, is very aromatic. It is used fresh or dried to flavor certain desserts. It also has various medicinal properties.
Latin name: Inula helenium
Common names: Elecampane Inula, German herb, panacea of chiron, lioness or horse's eye, Inula helenia.
English: Elecampane, horse-heal or elfdock