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Nepal Cinquefoil, Crimson Cinquefoil

Potentilla nepalensis


This flower grows at heights of 2100-2700 m from Kashmir to Nepal. It is found in meadows, light forests and verges of paths and fields. There are more than a dozen varieties of cinquefoil growing in the hills, most of them yellow, orange or dark red. This seems to be the only one with rosy pink flowers. The Nepal cinquefoil has five heart-shaped petals of a deep rose-crimson color and measures about 1-2 cm across. A mass of stamens crowds the centre of the flower. The plant is between 20-90 cm high and has slightly hairy stems. The five ovate, toothed leaflets are arranged finger-fashion or digitately. The upper leaves are composed of three leaflets. The colour of this flower varies from crimson to rose to orange in some areas. Many garden cultivars have been developed from this lovely potentilla. A decorative design known as the cinquefoil- likened to the petals of the flower- with five cusps is often used in windows and arches as a motif. Flowering: June-September.


Western Himalayas.

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Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 6 years ago

Thank you. They make a beautiful sight growing in bunches on the slopes.

namitha 6 years ago

Very pretty flowers Harsha.

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 6 years ago


Harsha Singh
Spotted by
Harsha Singh

Himachal Pradesh, India

Lat: 32.50, Long: 76.50

Spotted on Aug 4, 2013
Submitted on Aug 8, 2013

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