Ploughman's-spikenard - Inula conyzae

    Alt Name
    Ploughman's Spikenard
    Description

    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
    ID guidance

    Stems hairy, tall; leaves narrow; numerous yellow flowerheads, without ray florets, or with only very short ones.

    Recording advice

    A photograph of the whole plant, showing stem and leaves as well as flowers

    Habitat

    Dry, generally rocky habitats, rocky slopes and cliffs and grassy places, especially on calcareous soils

    When to see it

    Flowering July to September.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) is is listed as Native; disturbed ground; occasional

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map