As a dye, Elecampane yields a deep blue.
75 days to flower
Planting: Elecampane is easy to cultivate. Sow your seed in greenhouse in early spring or direct sow in the garden mid-spring. Elecampane needs light to germinate so press seeds into soil and be careful not to cover seeds with soil. Germination takes about 2 weeks. Transplant seedlings after the second set of leaves appear with 2 feet between plants and know they can take a few light frosts. Elecampane will thrive in full sun or partial shade in any soil but especially heavy, moist but well-drained loam. Dig roots in fall of second year for optimum medicinal benefit. Perennial in Zone 3.
Seed Saving: Saving Elecampane seed is easy: simply wait for each flower to form disc of dry seed that readily separates in your hands.