Cinquefoil Potentilla spp.
Family: Rosaceae (Rose)
Although there is at least one woody member of the Cinquefoil group (Shrubby Cinquefoil, Potenilla fruticosa),
short herbaceous plants that are noticed in the winter due to their
fruits. The fruits look similar to St. John's Worts, but the
Cinquefoils are alternate whereas St. John's Worts are opposite.
Most Cinquefoils are of European origin that
grow in open disturbed areas. When leaves are found, they are
"palmately lobed", having five leaflets radiating out of a single
point. This is the source of the common name "Cinquefoil".
The one picture here is a herbaceous species.
The fruits of Cinquefoil
The fruits and an old leaf
Closeup of the fruits
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