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Elecampane (Inula Helenium)
A large plant, originating in Asia, and related to the sunflower (it is sometimes known as 'wild sunflower'.
It now grows wild throughout Europe and in many parts of North America. Until the end of the 19th century, the roots were candied as a sweetmeat, which was sold in round flat cakes - although the taste was slightly bitter. See 'Sunflower'