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’|
|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)|
|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|