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Arnica mollis
cordilleran arnica, hairy arnica, cordilleran leopardbane

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest and in the Olympic Mountains in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Moist meadows from middle elevations to the alpine.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Apomixis, bumblebees, butterflies


Perennial from freely rooting rhizomes, 2-6 dm. tall.


Cauline leaves 3-4 pairs, sessile, only slightly reduced upward, lanceolate to narrowly ovate or elliptic, irregularly dentate to entire.


Heads few or solitary; involucre 10-16 mm. high, the bracts pointed, long-hairy at the base; rays 12-18, 1.5-2.5 cm. long; pappus tawny, sub-plumose.



Accepted Name:
Arnica mollis Hook.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 331. 1834.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Arnica mollis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Arnica mollis checklist entry

OregonFlora: Arnica mollis information

E-Flora BC: Arnica mollis atlas page

CalPhotos: Arnica mollis photos

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