Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Elecampane: used as a specific name.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of composite plants, founded by Linnæus in 1753, the type of tribe Helenioideæ. It is characterized by radiate heads, narrow involucral bracts in one or two series, reflexed after flowering, and truncate branches of the style. It comprises herbs with alternate, often decurrent, chiefly entire leaves, and peduncled solitary or loosely corymbose heads of yellow flowers. There are about 18 species, natives of North and Central America. The best-known species, H. autumnale, is common in alluvial bottoms of the eastern United States, and is called
sneezeweed, from its effect on the nose. The leaves and flowers snuffed up in the state of powder produce violent sneezing, and have been used as an errhine. It is also called false sunflower. H. tenuifoliumof the southern United States is said to be very poisonous, producing spasms and loss of consciousness.
- n. Any of various flowering plants, of the genus Helenium, the dried leaves of which were once used to make a form of snuff
- n. genus of American herbs with flowers having yellow rays: sneezeweeds
“Pinch out asters, helenium and eupatorium at knee height and they will re-branch to provide you with stockier plants.”
“Up by the shed, the mix of helenium ‘Mardi Gras’ and eyrngiums offers a mix of hot and cool.”
“We have faithfully saved the seeds and planted them in this bed by the shed where the eryngium, helenium and stipa call home, trying for a mass planting some day.”
“Last fall helenium ‘mardi gras’ and hesperaloe were added.”
“This used to be an iris bed, but they were not performing to expectations and have been replaced with blackberry lilies, stipa grass, eryngium, helenium and whatever decides it wants to live there.”
“On the grassy shore where the river begins to leave the rocks the brilliant blue lobelia is breaking into blossom, contrasted with the bright lemon yellow of the helenium.”
“Inuline, a vegetable substance of closely kindred nature to starch and dextrine, was discovered by Rose in Elecampane, and takes its name from the old botanical designation of that plant (I. helenium).”
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“Root of seneka, polygala seneka, of elicampane, inula helenium.”
“It may be driven away by smoke, especially by that from inula helenium, elecampane; and by that of cannabis, hemp.”
“The girl in the tight top always gets it first (Coffee and PC: The Best Bits 7) garyandrews: @helenium sounds like some kind of biochemistry course.”
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