Botanical Name: Verbesina alata
Common Names: Árnica capitaneja, capitaneja anaranjada, palo espino, crownbeard
What is capitaneja?
Capitaneja is a bush that is native to Mexico and grows to be between 3-12 feet. Its leaves are lance-shaped and its flowers grow in spherical shapes, both red and orange. Native to Mexico, these trees can be found in a range of different forest types, from semi-tropical to pine.
What parts of capitaneja are used?
The flowers, nectar and seeds are readily used or eaten by insects, butterflies and birds.