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Arnica acaulis (Common leopardbane)
Cressler, Alan

Arnica acaulis

Arnica acaulis (Walter) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.

Common Leopardbane

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Doronicum acaule

USDA Symbol: ARAC3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The daisy-like flower heads, with yellow ray and disc flowers, occur at the top of stout, 2-1/2 ft., whitish stems. The majority of the leaves are basal and are broad and coarsely hairy.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , DC , DE , FL , GA , MD , NC , NJ , PA , SC , VA
Native Distribution: PA & MD to GA
Native Habitat: Open, sandy pinelands; clearings; thickets

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Cold Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Sandy soils.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: UPL FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA

Additional resources

USDA: Find Arnica acaulis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arnica acaulis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arnica acaulis


Record Modified: 2022-09-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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