Native counterpart of the well-known European medicinal Arnica montana ("Mountain Arnica"). Easier to grow than A. montana, with same active compounds. Treasured by Native Americans and herbalists everywhere for centuries as an effective topical treatment for soothing sore muscles, reducing inflammation and healing wounds. A favorite for the permaculture, polyculture and homestead garden.
Best started indoors. Light-sensitive seeds: tamp down into soil only. Keep moist. Slow growing seedling. Native habitat is moist meadows and conifer forests so likes average, slightly acidic, moist, well draining soil in full sun. Space about 2 ft apart. Blooms throughout summer. Once established, dig rhizomes in fall to divide.