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Today we would like to introduce you to a medicinal plant with the cinquefoil. Find out here what it looks like with the cultivation and care of the fingertip.Cinquefoil is quite easy to care for
Today, gardeners are already familiar with several hundred species of various finger herbs, the healing effects of which have played an important role in alternative healing methods for centuries. So the medicinal plant e.g. used for diarrhea, gum disease, sore throat, fever, nail bed infections and the like. It can therefore be used both internally and externally. The dried roots are primarily prepared as tea or tinctures.
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The perennial cinquefoil got its name from its five-petal flower shape, which was related to the human five fingers of one hand. Except for the bloodroot, which only has a four-petaled flower.
Known cinquefoil types:
- Creeping cinquefoil - blooming yellow, meanders its runners along the ground, well suited for wetter meadows
- Finger shrub - ornamental shrub with shrubbery, blooming yellow, can be completely cut back in autumn
- Blood red cinquefoil - red flowers, less common
- Gold cinquefoil - moderately blooming, but known as a medicinal herb for diarrhea and sore throat (tea)
- Goose cinquefoil - blooming yellow, can also be integrated in flower meadows, tolerates even wetter soils
- White cinquefoil - blooming white, is a protected species
- Bloodroot - can be grown in rock gardens, very robust species
- Spring cinquefoil - the most common in our gardens, flowers for the first time in March (2 flower phases), carpet-like spread
- Silver cinquefoil - very rich flowering phase, also stable as an evergreen plant at moderate temperatures
- Tall cinquefoil - blooming yellow, requires little maintenance, grows up to 80 centimeters
- Dwarf cinquefoil - creeping plant that grows only 5 centimeters high, well suited for bedding borders or as a meadow plant
- Mock strawberry - with fruit formation that resembles the strawberry but has hardly any taste
- Rock cinquefoil - often referred to as rock cinquefoil, blooming white, well suited for partial shade
All hardy cinquefoils that are native to Europe love a soil that is always rich in nutrients, albeit poor in lime and permeable. Although they always feel particularly comfortable in higher altitudes.
When choosing a location, you should choose a sunny to moderately semi-shady spot, as most species clearly prefer the warmth and a certain level of dryness.
You should grow cinquefoil in early spring (from March) by planting small cuttings in the ground. In addition, you can also plant the cinquefoil in buckets, which means that it also thrives on patios and balconies.
In the following years, the extremely easy to care cinquefoil usually spreads itself, which is why you will have to share it from time to time. Simply divide the perennials carefully with the spade and, if necessary, reinsert them at a new location. The best time for the division is of course always early spring.
Caring for cinquefoil
The cinquefoil begins to bloom between May and June, whereby there are mainly yellow flowers, but also white and red flowers on the perennials growing up to 40 centimeters (the shrub grows up to 1.5 meters). Depending on the variety, the flowering phase then continues into September.
As a rule, all types of nature do not need any fertilizer, only cultivated forms of the finger herb can be fertilized once a year if necessary.
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Furthermore, the cinquefoil only needs watering during longer dry phases, whereby you must always avoid waterlogging. The same applies to container plants.
Faded cinquefoil can either be cut back in autumn or early spring, or you can easily shape the perennial.