Canadian Dwarf Cinquefoil (Potentilla canadensis)
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Other common names: Dwarf Cinquefoil
Family: Rosacae (Rose)
Height: 0.15 to 0.5 ft.
Blooms: March to June
Leaf Type: divided
Bloom Size: 0.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Allegheny River Trail
More photos of this flower
- Common Cinquefoil
The Canadian dwarf cinquefoil is smaller, and the leaves are more rounded.
- Indian Strawberry
Cinquefoil has a five-part divided leaf, strawberry has a three-part leaf.
Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.