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Arnica fulgens

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About Hillside Arnica (Arnica fulgens) Arnica fulgens is a species of arnica known by the common names foothill arnica and hillside arnica. It is native to western North America, from British Columbia east to Saskatchewan and south as far as Inyo County, California, and McKinley County, New Mexico. It grows in open, grassy areas. Arnica fulgens is a perennial herb growing from a short, tough rhizome and producing one or more hairy, glandular, mostly naked stems to heights between 10 and 60 centimeters. The leaves are mainly located around the base of the plant. They are broadly lance-shaped to oval-shaped and have tufts of woolly fibers in their axils. They are up to 12 centimeters long, and there may be a few much shorter ones further up the stem.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 2 ft (0.1 - 0.6 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4558' - 10273'

Annual Precip. ?
18.1" - 89.1"

Summer Precip. ?
1.21" - 3.20"

Coldest Month ?
25.2° F - 34.5° F

Hottest Month ?
48.5° F - 62.6° F

Humidity ?
0.45 vpd - 17.75 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers loamy soils

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Foothill Arnica

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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