Ploughman's-spikenard - Inula conyzae

    Alt Name
    Ploughman's Spikenard

    A hairy, medium to tall plant, stems erect, purplish to 1.2 metres. Leaves elliptical to lanceolate, finely toothed, the lower ones stalked, the upper unstalked, slightly clasping the stem and all densely softly hairy beneath. Flowerheads small, 9 to 11 mm, dull yellow, the outer florets without or with a very short and inconspicuous ray. Many flowerheads in a flat topped cluster. Inner flower bracts purplish.

    Identification difficulty

    Dry, generally rocky habitats, rocky slopes and cliffs and grassy places.

    When to see it

    Flowering July to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in England and Wales north to the River Tees, though not particularly common in much of that area.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 16 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map