Marsh cinquefoil Comarum palustre

Marsh cinquefoil's intense magenta hue brightens up the wet places in which it likes to grow.

Its flowers are shaped unlike many others in the UK, appearing like two five-pointed stars, one smaller and a deeper purple colour set above another, larger and paler. The flowers can grow up to 2.5 cm in size on a plant up to 45 cm tall. Its leaves are toothed with a blueish-green tinge on their underside.

Distribution

More commonly found in the northern, western and eastern areas of the UK.

Habitat

Fens, marshes, bogs, wet pools.

Best time to see

Early summer - it flowers from May to July.

Did you know...

Marsh cinquefoil is related to the strawberry.

It is a good source of nectar for bees and flies with one weevil - Phytobius comari - which feeds on little else (and hence is known as the 'Marsh cinquefoil weevil').