European Arnica

European Arnica

Arnica Montana

Famous Swiss herb used externally for bruises, burns and inflammations. A hardy alpine perennial, it enjoys a cool climate and good drainage in acid soil, making it well suited to rock gardens and raised beds.

Seeds can sometimes be difficult to germinate, and some growers find propagation by division is easiest.

The starry golden yellow flowers that bloom throughout the summer are very attractive to bees. Foliage is aromatic.

Arnica is has strong analgesic and antiseptic effects. Applied externally in the form of salves or rubs, it is considered one of the best remedies for wounds available to modern herbalists; however internal use is no longer recommended on account of a cardiac action.

Now a protected herb in Germany due to over-collection of plants in the wild.

Packet app. 25-30 seeds.


The scientific name epithet montana means ‘found in mountainous places’.Large bright yellow daisy like flowers sit atop a 1 foot plant.

Blooms normally display as a color very similar to Canary yellow. It is a flowering herb / flower and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Mountain arnica is known for its forb-like habit and growing to a height of approximately 2 feet. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer, followed by first harvests in mid autumn. If you would like to attract bees to your garden, consider growing this plant.Mountain arnica is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Mountain arnica is normally quite a low maintenance plant once established.

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 5 – Zone 9 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Mountain arnica needs a soil ph of 5.1 to 7.5 (weakly acidic soil – weakly alkaline soil). Mountain arnica is generally regarded as a hardy plant, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

Cold stratification helps germination. Germination however can be slow, and can take upwards of two years.
Easiest propagation is by dividing the root ball.

For optimal germination, soil temperature should be a minimum of 13°C / 55°F.

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