Potentilla canadensis L. - Canadian Cinquefoil

Potentilla canadensis plant

Family - Rosaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Potentilla canadensis leaf

Potentilla canadensis leaf

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Potentilla canadensis flowerFlower close-up.

Potentilla canadensis hypanthiumHypanthium.

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Rocky open woods, valleys around and sandstone strata. Typically in acid soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species can be found in the central Ozark region of Missouri. Its small but showy yellow flowers can be seen fairly early in the spring.
Natives used a tea made from the pounded roots of this species as a treatment for diarrhea. This and other members of the genus are considered astringents.
Another species, P. simplex Michx., is similar but is slightly less repent, and has longer leaflets than P. canadensis. P. simplex is also found throughout Missouri and is much more common than P. canadensis.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 4-12-02 and 4-12-03.


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