Wet meadows, prairies, fields, riparians, and saltwater shorelines
Canada, New England, the Great Lakes, the western United States, Alaska, and France
No listed status
This species is
to the Truckee Meadows.
You can find silverweed cinquefoil low growing (6 to 9 inches) with saw-toothed, 4 to 8 inch long leaves. A good indicator of this species of cinquefoil is its pinnate leaf formations which resemble a feather with leaflets running up both sides of a central stem (rachis). On the undersides of the leaves, the plant has silky white hairs, giving it the “silverweed” name. A single flower with 5 yellow petals grows at the end of the stem May through September in the Truckee Meadows.
Silverweed cinquefoil is in the same family as roses – Rosaceae.
The roots, when cooked, have a similar flavor to parsnips or sweet potatoes.
Common silverweed can be used as an astringent in gargles, washes and teas for reducing inflammation.
Because of its ability to grow roots from stolons that emerge from among the leaves (similar to a strawberry), silverweed is great for soil erosion control.
Silverweed can be planted to attracts butterflies and other pollinators.
USDA Plant Database, Argentina anserina (L.) Rydb, 2021, https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=ARAN7
University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources repository, Cinquefoils (Potentilla spp.) - The Five Finger Weeds, 1995, https://ucanr.edu/repository/fileaccess.cfm?article=167058&p=JGIXGA
The University of Texas at Austin, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Plant Database, Argentina anserina (L.) Rydb, 2014, https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=aran7
Image: Matt Lavin, https://www.flickr.com/photos/plant_diversity/28112426232/, license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/, cropped from original.
Image: Matt Lavin, https://www.flickr.com/photos/plant_diversity/27935774910/, license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/, cropped from original.
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