E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Arnica parryi A. Gray
Parry's arnica
Asteraceae (Aster family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a freely rooted rhizome; stems erect, solitary, sometimes branched, sparsely to moderately long-hairy with multicellular hairs, often glandular, 15-60 cm tall.
Basal leaves smaller than the stem leaves, often deciduous by flowering time; stem leaves 2-4 pairs, 3-25 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, opposite, lanceolate, sparsely to densely long-hairy with short-stalked glands, the lowermost ones stalked, the middle and uppermost unstalked, entire to toothed.
Achenes 4-6 mm long, glabrous to uniformly hairy; pappus tawny to brownish, finely-barbed to more or less feathery.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry meadows and forests in the montane and subalpine zones; common in S BC, infrequent northward, absent from coastal and NE BC; N to SE YT, E to AB and S to CO and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Arnica parryi

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 730 1901 2430
Slope Gradient (%) 0 28 65
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
14 150 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(5), ESSF(42), IDF(1), MS(1), PP(1), SBS(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Arnica parryi subsp. genuina Maguire
Arnica parryi subsp. parryi A. Gray

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