Valley of flowers trek

Epilobium latifolium

Epilobium latifolium in Valley of Flowers

The name epilobium is derived from a Greek word Epi means upon and Lobos means pods or capsules. It refers flowers and capsules appear together and corolla borne at end of the ovary. Latifolium refers wide leaves in the flower name.

Epilobium latifolium is a PERENNIAL growing from 25 to 70 cm high. Leaves are elliptic-lanncolate at the base and dentidulate along margins. . Flowers are rose-purple or dark pink to pale pink in color.

English Name

River beauty

Local Name




Flowering time

July to October


Near meadows and streams.


The entire plant is used in Tibetan medicine. It have a bitter taste and a cooling potency. Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, , antirheumatic, antidote and febrifuge. It is also used in the treatment of fever and inflammation plus itching pimples.

Location in the Valley of flowers

You can easily see this flower on the bank of flowing water streams. Especially more you go deep into Valley of flowers the chances of getting its large colonies are more. It gives Pushpawati river bed its pink shade in the month of July. If you want to see this flower in abundance you need to to Valley of flowers from 15th July to 15th August and reach at least up to Pushpawati River Bed. Epilobium Laxum is other member of the family found in Valley of Flowers.

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