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British Yellowhead

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British yellowhead
Scientific Name:

Inula britannica L. (ITIS)

Common Name:
British yellowhead, British elecampane, meadow fleabane
British yellowhead - Photo by Gerald Wheeler; USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Native To:

Europe and Asia (Oregon Fish & Wildlife 2005)

Date of U.S. Introduction:

1915 in New York; 1990 in Michigan; 2004 in Minnesota (Lehtonen and Schall 2009); 2002 in Oregon (Oregon Fish & Wildlife 2005)

Means of Introduction:

Typically found in U.S. nurseries in hosta plants imported from the Netherlands (Lehtonen and Schall 2009)


Negatively impacts the cultivation of hostas. Roots of Inula britannica look very similar to hosta roots and may become intertwined with them, making it difficult to detect and control. (Lehtonen and Schall 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution:
Not currently established

Federally Regulated

  • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

    Includes species listed as a Federal Noxious Weed under the Plant Protection Act, which makes it illegal in the U.S. to import or transport between States without a permit.


Selected Resources

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USDA. APHIS. PPQ. Center for Plant Health Science and Technology; California Department of Food and Agriculture.