Saussurea gossypiphora, Fini Kamal, Fen Kamal

saussurea-gossypiphora, Phen Kamal, Pheni kamal
saussurea-gossypiphora, Phen Kamal, Pheni kamal
Botanical Name Saussurea gossypiphora
English Name Saussurea gossypiphora
Local Name Phen Kamal, Pheni Kamal, Kapasi.
Flowering time June to September.
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You will find it only at Hemkund Shahib Lake . This picture was clicked on 6th September, 2012 at Hemkund Shahib Lake . You will not find this flower at Valley of Flowers
Other flowers of the family Saussurea Obvallata braham kamal in Valley of Flowers Saussurea Obvallata saussurea simpsoniana in Valley of Flowers Saussurea Simpsoniana
Other Information Plant is considered as sacred. It is near threatened. The term Gossypi means cotton and Phora means bearing, referring to the cottony nature of the flower.

Geranium-robertianum, Herb Robert, Red Robin

Geranium-robertianum, Herb Robert, Red Robin,
Geranium-robertianum, Herb Robert, Red Robin,
Family name Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)
Botanical Name Geranium-robertianum
English Name Herb Robert, Red Robin
Local Name Ratanjot, Kaphlya, Laljar
Flowering time July to July
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You will not find it easily in Valley of Flowers. In fact the picture above was taken on second September on the way from Govind Ghat to Ghangaria
Other Information The whole plant is used in the treatment of toothache. The plant has anti-diabetic and diuretic properties.

Viola Pilosa

viola-pilosa
viola-pilosa
Family name Violaceae (Violet Family)
Botanical Name Viola Pilosa
English Name Viola Pilosa
Local Name Thungtu, Banfsha
Flowering time May to July
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You can find Viola Pilosa near the entry point of Valley of Flowers just before entring the gate. This picture was taken in last week of May 2012 near the entry gate of Valley of Flowers.
Other Information The whole plant is used in treating fevers.Syrup prepared from flowers is used for treating infantile disorders. Roots are employed in treating fevers.

Ainsliaea Aptera, Whorl Flower, Karu-Bhuti, Khad-Jhari

Ainsliaea-aptera
Family name Asteraceae (Aster or Sun Flower Family)
Botanical Name Ainsliaea
English Name Whorl Flower
Local Name Karu-Bhuti, Khad-Jhari
Flowering time June to July
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You can find it in deep forest area at the start of the trek. First two kilometers inside the deep, humid and cold forest. This picture was taken in first week of June, 2012.
Other Information Wingless Ainsliaea is a small perennial herb which attracts attention by its dry-looking slender sprigs of frilly looking white flowers. Roots are used in alleviating fever, stomachache and urinary diseases.

Allium Humile

Allium Humile
Allium Humile
Family name Allium (Linnaeus)
Botanical Name Allium Humile
English Name Allium Humile
Flowering time May to July
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You can find it near flowing rivers. Especially on Pushpawati river bed in Valley of Flowers.
Other Information Allium Humile is a species of onion found at high altitudes in the Himalayas. Locals use it in cooking because of its garlic smell. In village Mana local villagers sell its dried leaves @ Rs. 10 per pouch. You can buy it and use it in cooking for a nice experience. But do not bring it from Valley of Flowers.

Anaphalis Triplinervis, Bugla, Buglya, Bukki

Anaphalis triplinervis
Anaphalis triplinervis
Family name Asteraceae
Botanical Name Anaphalis Triplinervis
English Name Anaphalis Triplinervis
Local Name Bugla, Buglya, Bukki
Flowering time June to September
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You can easily find it after trekking for two kilometers from entry gate of Valley of Flowers, just after crossing a huge glacier on your left side on mountain slope. It grows in large numbers. It paints the slope with its snow white color.
Other Information The Royleana is named in honor of John Forbes Royle, A British Botanist born in Kanpur, India.

Anemone Tetrasepala, Four Sepalled Anemone

Anemone Tetrasepala
Anemone Tetrasepala
Family name Anemone (Linnaeus)
Botanical Name Anemone Tetrasepala
English Name Four Sepalled Anemone
Flowering time June to August
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You can find it in abundance in Valley of Flowers provided you visit in July, especially before last week of July. Generally it comes before the three other major flowers Geranium, Campanula Latifolia and Polemonium which paints the Valley of Flowers in Blueish purple color. This flower give Valley of Flowers its white patches over the green background.
Other Information The word Tetrasepla means presence of four sepals

Roscoea Purpurea

Roscoea Purpurea
Roscoea Purpurea
Family name Roscoea (Smith)
Botanical Name Roscoea Purpurea
English Name Roscoea Purpurea
Flowering time June to August
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers This flower can be seen on your trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria.This flower is not seen in the Valley of Flowers.
Other Information Roscoea purpurea was named by the English botanist James Edward Smith in 1806. It is the type species of the genus. The generic name honors Smith’s friend William Roscoe, the founder of the Liverpool Botanic Gardennow relocated to the Wavertree Botanic Gardens. Like all members of the genus Roscoea, it dies back each year to a short vertical rhizome, to which are attached the tuberous roots. When growth begins again, “pseudostems” are produced, structures which resemble stems but are actually formed from the tightly wrapped bases (sheaths) of its leaves. Roscoea purpurea can grow to over 50 cm tall, with wide leaves and a stout pseudostem, although the height varies. The word Purpurea means having purple color. you can see a purple color shade in the flower.

Spiraea Canescens, Jhair-Mairala, Kathmantiyal

Spiraea Canescens
Spiraea Canescens
Family name Spiraea Linnaeus
Botanical Name Spiraea Canescens
English Name Spiraea Canescens
Local Name Jhair-Mairala, Kathmantiyal
Flowering time May to October
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers This flower is found at an altitude of 1500-2300 meters. So you can find this flower on your trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria. You will not find this flower in Valley of Flowers.
Other Information The word Canescens means Covered with short grey or white hairs.

Impatiens Devendrae

Impatiens Devendrae
Impatiens Devendrae
Family name Balsaminaceae (Balsam Family)
Botanical Name Impatiens Devendrae
English Name Impatiens Devendrae
Flowering time June to September
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers Impatiens Devendrae can be found between Govindghat and Ghangaria trek. You can see this flower easily just after crossing Pushpawati river (After trekking for 9 kilometers from Govindghat ). This flower can be found on both sides of the trek in the dense forest in the last three kilometers of the trek.
Other Information The word Impatiens means impatient referring to the bursting of fruits when touched.

Jancus Thomsonii

Jancus Thomsonii
Jancus Thomsonii
Family name Juncaceae (Rush Family)
Botanical Name Juncus Thomsonii
English Name Juncus Thomsonii
Flowering time June to September
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You have more chances of finding this flower in Hemkund Sahib than Valley of Flowers. This picture was taken at Hemkund Sahib lake.
Other Information This species is named in honor of Thomas Thomson, Scottish naturalist and superintendent of Calcutta Botanic Garden.

Leontopodium Brachyactis, Lion Foot

Leontopodium Brachyactis
Leontopodium Brachyactis
Family name Leontopodium
Botanical Name Leontopodium Brachyatis
English Name Lion Foot
Flowering time June to August
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You can find this flower in later half of Valley of Flowers at grassy slopes. After trekking for about 4-5 kilometers from the entry gate you may find Leontopodium Brachyatis. There is a Bhojpatra forest Just before reaching Pushpwati river bed and before that forest in grassy slope you can find this flower.
Other Information The word Leontopodium is derived from two words Leonto (Lion) and Podium (foot). As the flower heads resembles lion’s foot.

Parnassia Nubicola, Phutkya

Parnassia Nubicola
Parnassia Nubicola
Family name Parnassia (Linnaeus)
Botanical Name Parnassia Nubicola
English Name Parnassia Nubicola
Local Name Phutkya
Flowering time June to September
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You may find Parnassia Nubicola just 100 meters from the entry gate of Valley of Flowers. Near a frozen river (frozen till mid July) you may find this flower.
Other Information The plant extract is used in the treatment of food poisoning, root-stocks are used externally in snakebite. The term Nubicola is derieved ifrom Latin word Nubi (means among clouds) and Incola (means inhabitant), referring to habitat of the species which occur in mountains.

Prenanthes Brunoniana, Nimula

Prenanthes Brunoniana
Prenanthes Brunoniana
Family name Prenanthes (Linnaeus)
Botanical Name Prenanthes Brunoniana
English Name Prenanthes Brunoniana
Local Name Nimula
Flowering time August to Late October
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers You can find this flowers easily in the main part of the Valley. To see this flowers in abundance you need to visit Valley of Flowers in the month of September. This picture was taken in September, 2012.
Other Information Leaves are used to treat sores and wounds.

Primula Reidii

Primula Reidii
Primula Reidii
Family name Primula (Linnaeus)
Botanical Name Primula Reidii
English Name Primula Reidii
Flowering time June to September
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers This flowers is found in small colonies on the bank of a river (Frozen till mid July) near the entry gate of Valley of Flowers. Just after walking hundred meters from the entry gate on the right bank of the river, on rocky slops you can find Primula Reidii. You can also find Primula Reidii along with Blue Poppies after walking another 100 meters from here and crossing a dense forest. While you descend downwards to an iron bridge to cross Pushpawati River, on your right side of the trek you can find these flowers.
Other Information

Trichosanthes Tricuspindata, Indrayan

Trichosanthes Tricuspindata
Trichosanthes Tricuspindata
Family name Trichosanthes (Linnaeus)
Botanical Name Trichosanthes Tricuspidata
English Name Trichosanthes Tricuspidata
Local Name Indrayan
Flowering time April to September
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers This flower is not found in Valley of Flowers as it is found at an altitude of 600-2100 m. However, you can find Trichosanthes Tricuspidata on your trek from Govindghat to Ghangaria.
Other Information Fruits and roots are used in treatment of Asthma and Diabetes.

Halenia Elliptica, Spurred Gentian, Hasela

Halenia Elliptica
Halenia Elliptica
Family name Halenia (Borkh)
Botanical Name Halenia Elliptica
English Name Spurred Gentian
Local Name Hasela
Flowering time July to October
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers Helenia Elliptica is found just after entering into Valley of Flowers gate. You can see this flower on your both sides near to the entry gate if you visit in the month of September. This flower is found at a altitude range of 1800-4500 m.
Other Information Seeds are used to alleviate fever. Elliptica is in the reference of Elliptic shape of leaves.

Polygonum Polystachyum, Himalayan Knotweed, Ama-Haldu, Durfi

Himalayan knotweed
Himalayan knotweed
Family name Polygonum (Linnaeus)
Botanical Name Polygonum Polystachyum
English Name Himalayan Knotweed
Local Name Ama-Haldu, Durfi
Flowering time July to September
Where will you find it in Valley of Flowers This is weed. You can find it everywhere in Valley of Flowers, specially in the later half of Valley of Flowers you can find it spread along the whole slope. This plant is actually disturbing the other plants in Valley of Flowers. In 2012 forest department uprooted lots of Himalayan Knotweed Plants. They hired 4 to 6 labours who worked daily to uproot this plant. This plant looks very beautiful and gives Valley a beautiful shade in the month of September. The typical rust color shade of Valley of Flowers in the month of September (end) is due to the color of its leaves.
Other Information Leaves are used as vegetable.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Hello Devkant, First of all, Thanks to make this wonderful website full of valuable information, pictures and your vision towards safeguarding the nature with various cautious and alarming inputs. I, Purushottam Oke, am from Pune and a big nature lover. Valley of flowers is one of the places along with Ladakh that is still on top of my must visit places list. I am sure I do find space this year to fulfill my dream to visit the valley atleast once in my lifetime. Considering all the articles published about Valley of Flowers and feedback seen about the best visit time, I hope this comes amongst the best period to visit the valley. Thanking You Purushottam Oke

  2. if i want to in july , is it possible

    1. Yes, It is possible. I will call you today.

  3. Dear Mr. Devkant Sangwan,

    I and my friend like to visit Valley of Flowers in the middle of August, 2014. Please inform me full particulars of tour package what you have conducted with amount of charges for the tour.

    Thanking you,

    Yours faithfully,

    Shyamal Kumar Das,

    1. Hello,
      A detailed itinerary has been sent to you on your mail ID.

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