Enjoyed the Flora of Nepal exhibition?

Now discover some of the best of our living collection …

Many of the plants commonly grown in UK gardens originally came from the Himalayas. Our Flora of Nepal Trail shares the stories of 14 fascinating species of Nepalese plants, some of which you may know and some which are less familiar. Learn how they are used in Nepal and the collectors who brought them back here by exploring the trail.

You can either browse the trail directly here or you can download the dedicated app (which doesn’t need a network connection to run) from the iOS App Store or Google Play store.

  • Flora of Nepal Trail 1: Betula utilis
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 2: Bistorta affinis
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 3: Inula hookeri
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 4: Rhododendron arboreum
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 5: Clematis montana
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 6: Bergenia ciliata
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 7: Primula denticulata
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 8: Rhododendron barbatum
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 9: Pieris formosa
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 10: Ephedra gerardiana
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 11: Daphne bholua
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 12: Berberis aristata
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 13: Abies spectabilis
  • Flora of Nepal Trail 14: Pinus wallichiana

Flora of Nepal Trail 1: Betula utilis

The Himalayan birch with many uses Betula utilis ‘the Himalayan birch’ is native to Nepal and grows at altitudes up to 4500 m in its natural habitat. It’s...

Flora of Nepal Trail 2: Bistorta affinis

An early introduction and UK garden favourite   High in the Himalaya, above the tree line and above the dwarf rhododendron shrubland, the woody vegetation gives way to...

Flora of Nepal Trail 3: Inula hookeri

Memento of early Everest expedition   Inula are eye-catching plants native to Europe, Asia and Africa which are widely used in horticulture. Inula hookeri is found in the...

Flora of Nepal Trail 4: Rhododendron arboreum

Nepals national flower   This Rhododendon was planted by the Nepalese Ambassador during his visit in 2010 and it’s a symbol of the long connection that our Botanic...

Flora of Nepal Trail 5: Clematis montana

A seedbank survivor   These plants were collected as seed in September of 1991 from Eastern Nepal. On returning to Edinburgh not all the seed from that expedition...

Flora of Nepal Trail 6: Bergenia ciliata

A valuable medicinal plant that thrives in the UK   In Nepal Bergenia ciliata grows in oak forests up to an altitude of about 3200 m. It is...

Flora of Nepal Trail 7: Primula denticulata

A Himalayan plant with Scottish links   Primula denticulata grows well in the UK, and is a common sight in gardens where it is usually known as the...

Flora of Nepal Trail 8: Rhododendron barbatum

A natural hybrid with toxic nectar   Rhododendron barbatum is one of 30 species of Rhododendron which are native to Nepal. This species commonly grows as a small...

Flora of Nepal Trail 9: Pieris formosa

A garden plant in the UK with medicinal uses in Nepal   Pieris may be familiar to you as a garden plant, as it is widely grown in...

Flora of Nepal Trail 10: Ephedra gerardiana

A high altitude plant used to treat altitude sickness   Ephedra is the source of the drug ephedrine, and it has been used in Chinese medicine to treat...

Flora of Nepal Trail 11: Daphne bholua

A garden plant used to make paper   This winter-flowering shrub is a popular garden plant in the UK, but in Nepal it is the basis of a...

Flora of Nepal Trail 12: Berberis aristata

A prickly plant with a long history of medicinal use   Berberis aristata, the Himalayan Berberis, is popular not only for its medicinal values but also preferred by...

Flora of Nepal Trail 13: Abies spectabilis

A forest giant from Nepal Abies spectabilis trees reach 50 m in height and form extensive forests on the wet, south-facing slopes of the Himalayas. The canopy is...

Flora of Nepal Trail 14: Pinus wallichiana

The Himalayan pine used to treat broken bones   Pinus wallichiana, which is also known as the Himalayan Pine, grows in temperate forests of mixed species between 1300...