Arnica diversifolia Greene
Arnica latifolia viscidula A.Gray
Arnica ovata is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing one or more unbranched or lightly branched stems 10 - 50cm tall. The plant spreads at the roots to form a clump of growth[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
The whole plant is toxic and should only be used for external applications to unbroken skin[
Western N. America - Alaska to Alberta, south to California and Colorado
Rocky places from moderate to high elevations in mountains[
]. Moist meadows and conifer forests, stream banks, late snow-melt areas, montane to subalpine; at elevations from 200 - 3,600 metres[
Succeeds in sun or partial shade. Prefers a moist, well-drained humus rich soil, preferably lime-free. Prefers a mixture of sand, loam and peat.
The whole plant, but especially the flowers and the root,is antiecchymotic, antiphlogistic, nervine, sternutatory and vulnerary[
This plant is used as a hair conditioner[
]. No further details are given.
Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame[
]. Only just cover the seed and make sure that the compost does not dry out. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer.
Division in spring[