Montana Outdoors

June 19, 2018

Arnica

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:40 pm

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ arnica cordifolia

Bear-grass is now blooming at the higher elevations, and it is a good year for it: thousands of flowers are covering the openings in the forest for miles. I was getting a few pictures of the Bear-grass today when this little Arnica flower just seemed to steal the show.

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  1. Hmmm…can’t say I’ve ever seen that but will keep my eyes open.

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    Comment by lmachayes — June 19, 2018 @ 7:47 pm

    • I don’t think that species gets up your way, but who knows!

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2018 @ 9:14 pm

  2. I definitely never saw one! Great dramatic photo!

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    Comment by Reed Andariese — June 19, 2018 @ 8:18 pm

    • That little flower just posed itself in exactly the right light. It just jumped out at me. I love when that happens!

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2018 @ 9:15 pm

  3. Is this bright little beauty what they make the rub for sore muscles and joints from?

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — June 19, 2018 @ 8:22 pm

    • I have a friend who makes a liquid rub from this species, and I have used it with very good results. The commercial products say that they are made from arnica montana, but I wonder about that. Perhaps they do commercially cultivate that species.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2018 @ 9:22 pm

      • I was just looking this up and it says on Wikipedia that it can be poisonous if large amounts are eaten, and contact with the plant can cause skin irritation. I had heard (many years ago) that it had medicinal value, but this is now not accepted as being true. But who knows? It’s a pretty flower, anyway.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 20, 2018 @ 12:28 am

        • I don’t understand why anyone would eat a lot of it. I haven’t noticed any irritation from it, but I’ve heard that it can really irritate some of the more sensitive areas.

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          Comment by montucky — June 20, 2018 @ 11:32 am

          • I remember arnica being the solution in a crossword puzzle to the clue, “Medicinal plant.” That’s why I looked it up. I can’t see anyone eating a lot of it either, unless deer or cattle might eat it, but even so, it doesn’t sound like it grows in huge quantities.

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            Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 20, 2018 @ 12:58 pm

            • I don’t really know if the wild critters eat it, but here it does grow in really big patches in several areas.

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              Comment by montucky — June 20, 2018 @ 5:46 pm

  4. Wonderful to see what an arnica flower looks like, montucky. I am familiar with the medicinal importance of arnica and its healing nature.

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    Comment by Jet Eliot — June 20, 2018 @ 8:20 am

    • There are quite a few different species of Arnica and I don’t know if all are used medicinally. I’ve seen this one used and some of the commercial lotions are made from the “montana” species which is a close relative. I thin that the flowers of all species are pretty and the flowers and leaves both really brighten up a section of forest!

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2018 @ 11:36 am

  5. What a gorgeous photo!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 20, 2018 @ 8:27 am

    • Thanks Jo. That picture was self-composed: I saw it from some distance and got to it before the light changed.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2018 @ 11:38 am

  6. I can see why it did! It’s a pretty thing that I don’t remember ever seeing.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 20, 2018 @ 3:42 pm

    • They must not be native there or you would have seen them. They grow in pretty big quantities and are quite widespread here.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2018 @ 5:48 pm

  7. I think I remember this flower from your previous posts, and it’s such fun to see it (again). It is a beauty, although I don’t think I’d use the cream after reading all of the cautions about it. The good news is that, so far, I’ve not been in need of such potions!

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 20, 2018 @ 9:26 pm

    • I’ve used several commercial products in gel form for stiff or sore muscles with very good results, but best of all is a recipe that a friend makes from just the flowers. It’s an extensive and time consuming process but always works well for me. I have no allergies though and have had no bad results over the years.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2018 @ 9:43 pm

  8. So interesting to see these medicinal plants in the wild. It has a lovely yellow flower.

    My jar of Arnica cream which I use nearly every week, has Arnica montana (flower) extract listed as the ingredient. Mr Google says “Arnica montana, also known as wolf’s bane, leopard’s bane, mountain tobacco and mountain arnica, is a moderately toxic ethnobotanical European flowering plant in the sunflower family. It is noted for its large yellow flower head.” I presume its different to the one in your post?

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    Comment by Vicki — June 21, 2018 @ 9:58 pm

    • There seems to be a lot of confusion among even the “experts” about Arnica Montana. It is called “Mountain Arnica”, but so is Arnica latifolia, which is a close relative of Arnica cordifolia, the species in my photo. In fact, latifolia and cordifolia will hybridize. Personally, I think that the commercial version is most likely latifolia, which seems to be the most common species, and the commercial people like the word “Montana” and therefore call it that. (Actually in Spanish, “Montana” means mountain). The indigenous people used both latifolia and cordifolia to treat swelling, cuts and bruises. Now all that is said, your and I are probably as confused as the “experts”.

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      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2018 @ 10:31 pm

  9. Beautiful!

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    Comment by Dana S. Hugh — June 22, 2018 @ 5:47 pm

  10. I always love to see Arnica. Like the dark background.

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    Comment by Candace — June 22, 2018 @ 8:50 pm

    • I like Arnica too. It’s a pretty shade of yellow and seems to show an optimistic attitude, always ready to bloom.

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      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2018 @ 9:12 pm

  11. Easy to see why it steals the show … lovely image 🙂

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — June 24, 2018 @ 4:35 am

    • Sometimes it seems like there is a natural spotlight on a wildflower blossom and I can’t resist trying to capture it.

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      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2018 @ 7:35 am

  12. It deserves to steal the show, gorgeous capture and composition!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 25, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

    • Every once in awhile a scene like that just appears and it’s always a pleasure when it does. Nature herself set that one up; all I had to do was press the shutter button.

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      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2018 @ 7:53 pm


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