With the common name of ‘Fleabane’, Inulas may have little herbal value nowadays, but there are a few that merit a place for the show of yellow, finely rayedthey produce. All are in ordinary soil and all respond to division in autumn or spring. I. orientalis has large 3-4 inches across delicately rayed for all its lack of height. It grows to 20 inches but lacks also a long flowering period, covering 3-4 weeks only in June-July. I. ensifolia compacta by comparison, flowers on and on, from late June to September, with 1 inch yellow flowers on bushy growth only 9 inches high. At more than twice the height, up to 2 feet, I. ‘Golden Beauty’ has a similar long period in flower and a bushy habit, but I. hookeri is rather floppy. This has soft green and on this dense mass of greenery it makes 2-2 1/2 feet high, comes a long succession of rayed yellow daisies from June onwards.
Plants spread quite quickly and may need curbing after 2 years, but I. magnifica needs space for its big clock-like foliage which spreads out from a compact but hefty deep rooted rootstock. Stems grow massively to 5 or 6 feet branching above with yellow flowers 3-4 inches across from June to August.