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

$7.50$50.00

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.

Potted plant, Certified organically grown

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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

      Yes indeed, this would be your best choice.

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    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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      Admin Richo Cech

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

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