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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Yellow Wild Flowers  > Potentilla anserina

Scientific Name:   Potentilla anserina
Common Name:   Silverweed

Potentilla anserina, more commonly known as Silverweed, is a member of the rose family. This hairy plant grows to 15cm in height with long, creeping stems which root at the nodes. Basal leaves to 20cm in length; pinnate with toothed leaflets. The leaflets are almost smooth above, but silvery hairy underneath. The flowers are solitary, 2-3 cm across, long-stalked with five petals, borne in leaf axils. Sepals of equal length, pointed and mostly undivided.

The ability of this plant to survive trampling, coupled with the soft texture of the leaves led to them being stuffed into shoes to relieve and cool the sore feet of travellers, hence the alternative common names of Traveller's Joy and Traveller's Ease. Flowering season is May to September. Found in meadows, on footpath edges and waste land. Common throughout most of the UK.
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