Potentillia simplex

 Common Cinquefoil

Names and Myths

Potentillia from the Latin potens = powerful, cure-alls. 1

simplex unbranched

cinque French for five leaved foil plant. Pliny recommended cinquefoils as an ointment for scrofula, which was the origin of the name

Natural history / Folklore

It is mildly astringent and was used as a gargle for loose teeth and spongy gums.32


April and June yellow flowers, prostrate stems rooting at the nodes. Fields and dry woods.

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