Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Potentilla simplex Michx. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Emmet J. Judziewicz

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Christopher Noll

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Janice Stiefel
Family Rosaceae
Potentilla simplex Michx.
common cinquefoil, old-field five-fingers, old-field cinquefoil
Potentilla: comes from the Latin diminutive of potens meaning "powerful" in reference to the medicinal properties of some species
simplex: simple, undivided, unbranched
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Status: Native
Plant: erect to creeping, perennial, 2"-12" tall, smooth forb; thin stems trailing along the ground; long spaces between the rooting nodes
Flower: yellow, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" wide; solitary flowers on a thin stalk from the leaf axils; blooms April-June
Leaf:palmately-divided into 5 toothed leaflets
Habitat: dry; woods, fields, meadows

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All Potentilla list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Potentilla simplex Michx. var. argyrisma Fernald
Potentilla simplex Michx. var. calvescens Fernald
Potentilla simplex Michx. var. typica Fernald

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