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Tormentil

Potentilla erecta

Plant Data

Order:
Rosales
Family:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Rather like a 4 petalled buttercup but with slightly notched petals. The yellow flowers are also similar in appearance to Cinquefoils and Silverweed, except they have 4 petals and not 5.
Fruit:
A greyish-brown, ridged achene (type of seed).
Leaves:
A sprawling plant with compound leaves, having between 3 and 5 leaflets. The two leaflets at the base are stipules. The leaves are arranged alternate along the stems. The leaflets are egg-shaped and deeply toothed.
Maximum Size:
45cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The roots can be cooked and eaten but are high in tannins.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Biscuits, Bloodroot, Common Cinquefoil, Earthbank, English Sarsaparilla, Erect Cinquefoil, Ewe Daisy, Flesh and Blood, Septfoil, Shepherd's Knapperty, Shepherd's Knot, Thormantle, Tormentilla.
Habitats:
Bogs, farmland, fens, grassland, heathland, lawns, meadows, moorland, mountains, roadsides, sand dunes, scrub, swamps, woodland.