Through June 16th, we will continue to take orders for potted plants to be delivered by second week of July.  Orders received after June 16th will begin shipping second week of September.  First come first served. 

“Arnica,” Mexican (Heterotheca inuloides) potted plant, organic

$8.50

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.  Space plants 2 feet apart.

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  1. Question

    Cecelia Miller (verified owner)

    Is it possible to save seeds from the plant and what do they look like?

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      Richo Cech

      hi cecelia, thanks for writing. yes, these go to seed with the standard puffball appearance of many of the asteraceae. the seed is a linear achene attached to an umbrella-like pappus. it can be rubbed to purify. wear tough gloves, the seeds are needlelike. richo

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    cathrynk

    When in September will you be shipping? I need to plant before leaving on vacation at beginning of October, and want to be sure they are established.

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      Richo Cech

      Hi Cathryn, Please put your shipping timeframe in the “order comments” field when you order the plants. That will help us get the plants to you when you need them. Richo

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    Bonnie

    I live in Desert Hot Springs (9b), do you think that this arnica would grow here? Thanks for all the wonderful plants you grow, Sincerely,
    Bonnie Travis

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Yes indeed, this would be your best choice.

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    • Dawna Eddinger

      I live in PA near Philly will Arnica grow here. If not can it be move inside for the winter

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi dawna, yes, please choose the Arnica chamissonis (Meadow Arnica) seeds, that is the best choice for your area. richo

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    • melinda.fox13

      Hello, I make salves and so far just ordered Arnica dried, but i would love to grow it. I have tried in the past with the Montana, but it did not grow well. I live in a little valley in the lower part of northern California and we get very hot summers and cold winters. Would the Mexican Arnica have the same properties as the Montana for my herbal remedies? Thank you

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Melinda, Thanks for writing. Sort of. I really recommend Meadow Arnica (Arnica chamissonis) instead. Our growing conditions here are very similar to your’s, and Arnica chamissonis is easy for us to grow, is very similar, really interchangeable with, Arnica montana. So in herbal salves you’re after the antiinflammatory effects of the arnica flowers and these can be supplied by other plants as well–this mexican arnica, or calendula, even. Safflower petals are worth considering, and at this time of year, chickweed as well. richo

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  4. Question

    Christina Safford

    In the catalog, you can get this plant as seed packets? No longer available??

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    anne

    Is this edible?

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      No, these plants contain potent sesquiterpene lactones that can cause gastric problems, they are not for eating. r

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