Sprays of saucer-shaped, dark red flowers open from June to August on hairy stems, above a vigorous rosette of hairy, grey-green, strawberry-like leaves. This vibrant and delightful Himalayan cinquefoil is an excellent long flowering plant, and given a sunny, well-drained site, it is trouble-free and easy to grow.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Himalayan cinquefoil