American Arnica

Arnica chamissonis Asteraceae

Growth habit

Herbaceous

Perennation

Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Alaska to New Mexico

Biocultural value

Native to the western U.S. including Alaska and Canada. Ointments made from the flowers can be applied externally to bruises and strained muscles. Similar to European Arnica, ointments made from the flowers can be applied externally to bruises and strained muscles.

Location

Robison Herb Garden

Source of plant

Richters, Baker's Acres, Richters

Description

Stems to over 1 m, solitary and simple. Leaves in 5-10 pairs, sessile, lanceolate; capitula 5-15, to 18 mm long, ray florets to 20 mm, oblong, pale yellow.

USDA Hardiness Zone

2

Special characteristics

medicinal/pharmaceutical