Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Arnica montana, Leopard's Bane, Wolfbane, Mountain Tobacco, Mountain Arnica

Common Name: Leopard's Bane, Wolfbane, Mountain Tobacco, Mountain Arnica

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Arnica

Species: montana

Characteristics of Plant
Arnica montana produces golden colored daisy type flowers that do well in either the sun or shade.

Have a lot of acidic soil? Arnica montana is tolerant of most acidic soils besides growing in almost all zones.

It is a medicinal herb, but always do your research before attempting to ingest any plant material.

The only draw back to this plant is with germination. The seed need to have a cold chill. Even after stratification it could take up to 2 years for the seed to germinate, so don't throw those unproductive pots out hold on to them.

This is a good plant to purchase already grown and than just divide when needed.

Shop seed from these EG member's stores.

Life Cycle

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9
Zone 10

Endangered Species


When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Winter Sow

Germination Temperature
Winter Sow
60-70 F

Seed Sowing Depth

Seed Needs Light to Germinate

Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Part Sun/ Part Shade

Plant Height
1- 2 feet


Flower Color
Pale Yellow

Nutritional Needs


Reproduces By

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"Arnica montana ... Photo is copyrighted to Jonna Sudenius."
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