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Arnica fulgens
hillside arnica, orange arnica, shining leopardbane

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains.

Habitat: Meadows and open slopes from the foothills to middle elevations in the mountains

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a short, rooting, scaly rhizome, with stout stems 2-6 dm. tall, covered with stalked glands.


Leaves 3-5 nerved, entire, hairy and glandular, the basal ones oblanceolate to narrowly elliptic, 3-12 cm. long and 1-4 cm. wide; cauline leave 2-4 pairs, reduced upward, becoming sessile. The basal leaves have conspicuous tufts of long, brown wool in the axils.


Heads solitary, occasionally 3, broadly hemispheric; involucre 10-15 mm. high, glandular and hairy, the bracts narrowly elliptic with an obtuse tip; rays 10-23, 1.5-2.5 cm. long and 4-10 mm. wide; pappus whitish.


Achenes densely hairy.

Identification Notes:

The tufts of wool in the lower leaf axils should separate Arnica fulgens from the similar A. sororia.

Accepted Name:
Arnica fulgens Pursh
Publication: Fl. Amer. Sept. 2: 527. 1813.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Arnica fulgens checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Arnica fulgens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Arnica fulgens photos.

USDA Plants: Arnica fulgens information.

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