Perennial herb from a short rhizome or branched base; stems leafy, erect, numerous, sometimes branched above, glabrate below, sparsely hairy above, 30-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves poorly developed, often deciduous by flowering time; stem leaves opposite, unstalked to shortly stalked, usually 5-7 (sometimes 4) pairs, linear-lanceolate to lance-elliptic, entire or sometimes inconspicuously toothed, 5-15 cm long, 1.0-3.5 cm wide, short-hairy to sparsely glandular.
Heads with ray and disk flowers, 7-20 (rarely as few as 3 or as many as 35), the bases sparsely to moderate hairy and often with dense, stalked glands; involucres 7-12 mm tall; involucral bracts linear-lanceolate to oblanceolate, hairy; ray flowers yellow, 8-13, conspicuously or inconspicuously toothed; disk flowers yellow.
Achenes 4.5-5.5 mm long, subglabrate or with some short-stalked glands; pappus brownish, more or less feathery.
If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.
Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present over the Summer
Source: The USDA
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Arnica longifolia subsp. genuina Maguire
Arnica longifolia subsp. myriadenia (Piper) Maguire