Etymology: Inula: ancient Latin name
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-6' tall, very woolly forb
Leaves: very broad, irregular toothed, very woolly below, lower leaves long stalked, upper becoming clasping
Flowers: head 2 1/2" - 3 3/4" wide with many narrow, yellow rays and a yellow disk; inflorescence with a few stalked heads; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: moist, wet; disturbed sites, woods, forests
Conservation Status: Introduced - escaped
Flora of North America: Flora of North America USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Purple Sage - Ethnobotanical Information: Detailed usage, preparation, and other helpful information Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"