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56Heterotheca subaxillaris

Origin: Cape Charles, Virginia

Improvement status: Wild

Seeds per packet: ~50

Germination tested 12/2023: 56%

Life cycle: Annual, Biennial, or Short-Lived Perennial

Also called "Mexican Arnica," this is a powerfully medicinal native annual, used most often as a topical anti-inflammatory. The foliage has a strong camphorous aroma (think Vicks VapoRub). Plants are erect and spreading, appearing as a small shrub by the end of summer. They feature pretty yellow flowers on pale-green plants. Beneficial lacewings are attracted to the plant.

EFN co-founder Nate Kleinman collected these seeds from wild plants growing on the edge of sandy dunes in Cape Charles, Virginia, on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

GROWING TIPS: Seeds produced in the center of the flower and on the edge of the flower germinate at different times in nature, but our seeds germinated at 88%, so we expect you will have good germination as well. Surface sow in spring or fall and keep moist until established.