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British Yellowhead

Scientific Name

Inula britannica L. (ITIS)

Common Name

British yellowhead, British elecampane, meadow fleabane

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

British yellowhead
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British yellowhead


Photo by Gerald Wheeler; USDA, APHIS, PPQ

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Federally Regulated

  • Noxious Weeds Program

    • 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

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.