Rough-fruited Cinquefoil - Potentilla recta (Rose family - Rosaceae)

 

Rough-fruited Cinquefoil - Potentilla recta (Rose family - Rosaceae) Erect, hairy, very leafy, many-branched. Flowers rather large (½ - 1 in.), pale yellow, in flat terminal cluster. 1 - 2 ft. Roadsides, fields. The common name is derived from the shape of the leaf (from French cinque, "five," and feuille, "leaves").

 

 

 

Native Americans made tea from boiled leaves and mixed it with wine or brandy and used it to treat diarrhea and stomachache. When boiled or roasted the roots taste like parsnips and have been used as famine food. Its forage value is low and it is seldom eaten by livestock.

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