Written by Shanie
Tiny clusters of yellow-orange flowers create the quinchamali. Native to both the Argentine and Chilean Patagonian areas, this five-petaled perennial reminds me of a miniature bouquet of flowers made for an elf.
It is a creeping plant that rises to a height of 20 centimeters. It enjoys full sun and areas of moderate dryness. It especially appreciates zones above treeline.
The quinchamali is a medicinal plant that is considered of importance, especially among the Mapuche, for helping with bruising, blunt force trauma and bloody noses, as well as intestinal troubles.