Silverweed - Potentilla anserina

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Grassy habitats, pathways, roadsides.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map