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Arnica chamissonis potted plant, organic

$7.50$50.00

Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 10

(Meadow Arnica) Creeping alpine herbaceous perennial native to the American Mountain West.  Traditional usage (TWM): German Commission E has determined that this Meadow Arnica is interchangeable with Arnica montana for its antiinflammatory effects.  Arnica chamissonis is less elevation dependent than Arnica montana, and yields well from multiple flower stalks.  Planted in loose, acidic loam soil, and given a sunny and moist position, this plant will make a carpet of live roots within a couple of years.  Highly florific when happy.  One of the better herbal bedding plants, as it fills the bed with flowers and remains short.  Space plants 6 inches to a foot apart to get started.

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  1. Question

    Pat Coyle

    I live in the Fort Worth Texas area. It is black alkaline I can amend the area by tiling in sand to loosen it up. Will I be wasting my time trying to grow Arnica. I was wanting to start with 10 plants to see if they will flourish. It is to be used with the Comfrey that my wife makes her salve with. Your thoughts? We are zone 8A and we get 34″ to 43: of rain a year But, we have hot summers. Thanks, Pat Coyle

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Pat,
      I do think Arnica chamissonis would be the best choice. I can grow these in direct sun in southern oregon and they really love it, so its not that much of a leap to texas–same zone designation, you probably have more humidity. Anyway if its just too hot down there you might consider the mexican arnica. that would really yield out for your salve. richo

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    Laurel Fitzhugh

    I am in the high desert, Prescott AZ. Pine/juniper area. Which arnica will do better?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Laurel,
      I would suggest the “Mexican Arnica” heterotheca inuloides. The true arnica would probably suffer in Prescott unless you were able to supply shadecloth that would increase humidity and soil moisture. Other possible cultural practices that might help you out would be: thick coir mulch (black gold “just coir” or similar product) and of course selection of plants that are native to your area or in general drought-tolerant, such as the Mediterranean herbs. I also received a suggestion from you about the possibility of creating categories of plants that require certain environmental characteristics such as elevation, dryness, etc. and all I can think of in this respect is to filter with the very functional search engine that is on this site–search words like “desert” or “Mediterranean” or even “Boraginaceae” might be very helpful. As with anything herbal, there is information overload and any kind of enterprise is going to require study and experimentation. I recommend “Herbal Resilience” as a good choice for you. Richo

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    WendySue Hagins

    I live in zone 3; will this arnica survive the severe winters here or should I pot it and bring it in the house? Thanks!

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      Diana

      Diana

      Arnica are accustomed to extremely cold alpine winters and do best when planted to habitat and do poorly if potted up or brought indoors.

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