“Arnica,” Mexican (Heterotheca inuloides), packet of 50 seeds


Family:  Asteraceae

Hardy to Zones 7 to 9

(Telegraph plant, Camphorweed) Herbaceous perennial to 3 feet tall, flowering sunny yellow.  The name “arnica” is a misnomer although there are some similarities between this plant and true Arnica, vis. a vis. they are both in the family Asteraceae, they are used in traditional medicine as topically applied antiinflammatories, they both flower yellow, and they are both pollinated by syrphids. Mexican “arnica” is an interesting plant for the apothecary garden, very commonly used in Mexican herbalism, and will not hybridize with true arnica.  Plant prefers regular garden soil, a sunny position and moderate water.  Press seeds into surface and keep warm, evenly moist and in the light.  Germination is rapid.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

Packet of 50 seeds, open-pollinated, untreated, no gmo’s

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    Susanna Murray

    Is there no chance of getting “true” arnica? I know it’s been endangered by over use but we do want to use the real deal if available, right?

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