A flowering PERENNIAL plant growing to 1.5m. A rigid stem carries large and toothed leaves thickly woolly on the underside. Yellow flowerheads are up to 5 cm broad. The root is thick, branching and mucilaginous. It grows in almost any moist soil in the full sun or semi-shade.
The leaves somewhat bitter but aromatic and edible. Roots are candied. Used as a warming and tonic herb, it is a well used medicinal herb.
Cook leaves as a potherb while roots are eaten as a sweetmeat and a natural food flavouring.
Elecampane is used for chest problems such as coughs and bronchitis. Also for digestive disorders. It is detoxing and immune stimulating. Antifungal and antibacterial among many other actions. It is also used as a dye plant.