fleabane ‘Sonnenstrahl’

Inula magnifica ‘Sonnenstrahl’ (fleabane ‘Sonnenstrahl’) is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. This German sunflower is one of Piet Oudolf’s favorites due to its beautiful wide branching flowers heads that reach for the sky, and movement in the petal that adds lightness and delicacy to a towering plant.

It is a tall herbaceous perennial growing to 6ft by 3ft broad, with hairy stems and leaves. In late summer it bears rich yellow, daisy-like composite flower-heads 15 cm in diameter. It is suitable for planting at the back of a border or in a wild meadow or prairie style garden.

Botanical Name Inula magnifica ‘Sonnenstrahl’
Common Name fleabane ‘Sonnenstrahl’
Family Asteraceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 8
Light Requirement Part Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest spring, summer, fall, winter
Height and Spread 5-8ft x 2-3ft (1.5-2.4m x 0.6-0.9m)
Flower Color Yellow
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. I. magnifica native to E. Caucasus; Cultivar Name means Sunbeam
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate


Average Flowering Time