Arnica (Arnica montana) Wolf's Bane Mountain Tobacco Heirloom Herb
Height 4-28 in
Arnica montana, is also known as wolf's bane, leopard's bane, mountain tobacco and mountain arnica, mountain snuff, and sneezewort; is native to the mountains of Siberia and Europe. Arnica is a moderately toxic European flowering plant in the daisy family Asteraceae, and is grown for its amazing and large golden yellow flowers, and its medicinal uses.
Arnica is a protected species in some countries and is becoming a rare plant, largely due to increasingly intensive agriculture. Arnica is used in many ointments and liniments to treat strains, sprains, and bruises. It is also a popular remedy for homeopaths for similar ailments. Some physicians recommended internal use for depression, dyspnea, typhoid, pneumonias, anemia, diarrhea, and cardiac weakness.
- Sun to part shade during hottest parts of day
- well draining sandy soil
- Plant the seeds in pots and keep them in bright, indirect sunlight where temperatures are maintained at approximately 55 F. (13 C.)
Seed can take up to 3 weeks to germinate. The ideal temperature for germination is 55 degrees. Transplant when soil has warmed, in mid- to late spring.
- OR direct sow outdoors: sprinkle the seeds lightly on prepared soil in late summer, then cover them lightly with sand or fine soil. Keep the soil slightly moist until the seeds germinate. Be patient; seeds usually sprout outdoors in about a month, but germination can take much longer depending on temperature.
- Spacing: 12 in
- Seed Count: 15