(POTENTILLA reptans)

Creeping Cinquefoil



Height: 1-4" (2-10 cm)
Flowering Time: Summer, Autumn
Flower Colour: Yellow

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Rosidae (Rose Superorder)
Order: Rosales (Rose Order)
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Genus: Potentilla (Cinquefoil)
Species: repens (creeping)
Potentilla repens

Potentilla repens is a creeping plant, hugging the ground and tangling with other low-growing plants, with deep roots and five-fignered leaves. The bright yellow flowers have five rounded petals, with the points of the green calyx visible between them. It spreads by rooting at the nodes, like a strawberry (also in the Rose Family). Some of my books say it is easily mistaken for a buttercup, but the flowers are not shiny as in the buttercup, and the buttercup flower is a solid bowl shape.

Potentilla repens has been used in traditional medicine as a relaxant.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


( days)

Seed Pod There is no seed pod. The seeds are held together inside the folded calyx.

Seed The seed is a fat woody disc. There are several seeds from each flower.

Seedling The seedling has trefoil leaves.

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