Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Potentilla simplex Michx. image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

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
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Potentilla simplex Michx. var. argyrisma Fernald
Potentilla simplex Michx. var. calvescens Fernald
Potentilla simplex Michx. var. typica Fernald

         
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