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Nodding Arnica
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Arnica parryi

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About Nodding Arnica (Arnica parryi) Arnica parryi is a North American species of arnica known by the common name Parry's arnica or nodding arnica. It is native to western Canada (Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta) and the western United States as far south as Inyo County, California and McKinley County, New Mexico. It grows in temperate coniferous forests and alpine meadows in mountainous areas, primarily the Rocky Mountains, Cascades, and Sierra Nevada. Arnica parryi is a rhizomatous perennial herb producing a single unbranched stem to heights between 10 and 60 centimeters. There are oval-shaped leaves around the base of the stem and a few pairs of longer, narrower petioled leaves above them. The leaves may approach 20 centimeters in length on larger individuals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

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

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1360' - 12075'

Annual Precip. ?
9.5" - 76.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.93" - 3.11"

Coldest Month ?
21.0° F - 44.7° F

Hottest Month ?
42.9° F - 65.9° F

Humidity ?
0.43 vpd - 18.29 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Parry's 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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