Silverweed - Potentilla anserina


Short, hairy plant with long creeping and rooting runners. Leaves in tufts, pinnate, with 15 to 25 oblong, sharply toothed leaflets, silvery hairy, particularly beneath. Flowers yellow, 15 to 20 mm solitary, the petals twice the length of the sepals.

Similar Species

The flowers alone are similar to many other species but combined with the leaves it provides a unique combination.

Identification difficulty

Grassy habitats, pathways, roadsides.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 592 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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