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Arnica cordifolia - Hook.

Common Name Heartleaf Arnica
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards The whole plant is toxic and should only be used for external applications to unbroken skin[172].
Habitats Woodlands in foothills up to high elevations in mountains[60].
Range Western N. America - Alaska to New Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Arnica cordifolia Heartleaf Arnica


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Arnica cordifolia Heartleaf Arnica
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 533.

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Arnica cordifolia is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2. It is in flower in July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Antiecchymotic;  Antiphlogistic;  Nervine;  Salve;  Sternutatory;  Vulnerary.

The whole plant is antiecchymotic, antiphlogistic, nervine, sternutatory and vulnerary[172]. When applied intravenously or orally it causes a rise in body temperature[212]. All parts of the plant may be used[212], but the flowers are used in preference to the root[207, 212]. They have a discutient property and a tincture is used as an external application to swellings, sprains, bruises and wounds[207, 257]. A salve applied to cuts helps to keep down infections[212].

Other Uses

Hair.

This plant is used as a hair conditioner[172]. No further details are given.

Cultivation details

Prefers a moist, well-drained humus rich soil, preferably lime-free[200]. Prefers a mixture of sand, loam and peat[1].

Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a cold frame[200]. Only just cover the seed and make sure that the compost does not dry out. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Arnica fulgensHillside Arnica, Foothill arnica02
Arnica montanaArnica, Mountain arnica03
Senecio pseudoarnicaSeaside Ragwort11

 

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   Jun 3 2011 12:00AM

I have used Arnica Cordifolia for sore, strained and bruised muscles. Externally rubbed extracted oils from the flower on the injured site and found bruising, soreness, and muscle strains to be repaired much more quickly than I had anticipated. I believe the richness of the soils, and amount of direct solar hours on the plant increases the fragrance and medicinal chemicals which in turn increases efficacy. I love to partake in a scientific study/experiment of the healing properties of the Heart Leaf Arnica which grows on our south facing rich soil sites.

   Jun 3 2011 12:00AM

I have used Arnica Cordifolia for sore, strained and bruised muscles. Externally rubbed extracted oils from the flower on the injured site and found bruising, soreness, and muscle strains to be repaired much more quickly than I had anticipated. I believe the richness of the soils, and amount of direct solar hours on the plant increases the fragrance and medicinal chemicals which in turn increases efficacy. I love to partake in a scientific study/experiment of the healing properties of the Heart Leaf Arnica which grows on our south facing rich soil sites.

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