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Arnica chamissonis

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About Chamisso Arnica (Arnica chamissonis) Chamisso Arnica (Arnica chamissonis) is a native perennial herb that grows in Northern, Southern and Central California, primarily in the Warner Mountains, the White and Inyo Mountains and Klamath Mountain Range regions. It is moderately fast growing and short-lived. It grows in an upright form to a height of 2.5 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. Flowers are yellow and striking, and bloom in the early summer. Leaves are medium green and deciduous. It tends to grow in moist meadows and rocky places, at elevations from 5000-11000 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.3 - 2.6 ft (0.4 - 0.8 m)


Growth Rate

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Moist meadows, rocky places

Shade, Part Shade

Elevation ?
1778' - 11289'

Annual Precip. ?
4.4" - 120.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.54" - 4.46"

Coldest Month ?
19.7° F - 52.6° F

Hottest Month ?
41.2° F - 82.0° F

Humidity ?
0.58 vpd - 33.94 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or loamy soils. Does not grow well in clay soils.

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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