Scientific name: Arnica angustifolia
The buds of Arnica angustifolia demonstrate a couple of strategies that Arctic plants
use to facilitate growth in their harsh climate. Before they open, dark hairy phyllaries
cover the buds. The dark colour attracts the heat of the sun and the hairs trap that heat.
These strategies help to warm the plant and encourage growth, allowing it to bloom
successfully despite the cool temperature of the air. In some native cultures, arnica is
used to help heal bruises and wounds. Part of the leaf is crushed then placed on top of
the bruised or wounded area.