A lovely British wild native marginal plant with unusual strawberry-like leaves and dark wine-red flowers, and a creeping habit which makes it excellent for the edges of ponds, streams and ditches, although it will grow perfectly well in ordinary damp garden soil. It is most commonly found on lake shores, marshy riversides and stream margins, often partly submerged with its foliage floating.
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:Purple Marshlocks, Swamp Cinquefoil, Marsh Cinquefoil, Comarum palustre