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

$4.95

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, and they both flower yellow. There is a history of adulteration of true arnica with this plant, and this kind of thing should never be done.  Still, 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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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes, Arnica montana is official. Here’s the link to Arnica montana seeds https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com/product/arnica-montana-seeds-organic/
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    • L A Birch

      What a thrill to find Mexican Arnica! Richo you never cease to amaze and surprise! I remember gathering Heterotheca in the wild near to Tecopa Hot Springs in CA almost 20 years ago! To have the opportunity to grow this plant as a close friend instead of visiting as a distant relative is magical! Great choice!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi! I have to admit I had a prejudice about this plant that lasted only until I grew it. Now I see why it is considered so close to arnica. it is a great plant, very sturdy in pots and ready to bound when it finds the ground. r

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