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Alpine Arnica Arnica angustifolia ssp. angustifolia (Arnica alpina)


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Alpine Arnica
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Family: Asteraceae, Aster view all from this family

Description A variable, tufted plant with a rosette of lance-shaped leaves and a single, slender stem rising 4-12 in. and bearing a large, single flower with toothed, yellow petals and yellow disks. Sometimes two smaller lateral heads occur in the axils of the uppermost leaves. Long, narrow basal leaves become reduced in size up the stem. All leaves are long-haired.

Flower July - August.

Flower July - August

Habitat Bare, rocky slopes and alpine summits.

Range Circumboreal, south in high mountains to British Columbia and Alberta (reported from Beaverhead Mountain, Montana).

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution Circumboreal, s. in high mts. to British Columbia & Alberta (reported from Beaverhead Mt., Montana)

Site Preference Bare, rocky slopes & alpine summits

Soil Preference Dry, sandy or rocky soils.