Hooker’s Inula & Bee

Hooker’s inula and honey bee in the garden at Tynemouth Priory

Inula hookeri, Hooker’s inula or Hooker’s fleabane, is a species of flowering plant in the sunflower and daisy family Asteraceae. It is a native of the Himalayas (Bhutan and Nepal), India (Sikkim), Myanmar and China (SE Xizang, NW Yunnan), where it grows in a variety of open habitats at 2,400–3,600 m (7,900–11,800 ft).

The specific epithet hookeri commemorates the plant hunter Sir Joseph Hooker, who brought it back from the Himalayas to Britain in 1849.