Common silverweed

Potentilla anserina

Range:  Common in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains, rare northward; circumboreal, N to AK, E to NF and S to CA, NM, IA and NY; Eurasia

Description: Perennial hairy herb from a long, strawberry-like stolon or runner.  Basal leaves, tufted, 5-40 cm long, stalked, ascending, pinnately compound; 7 to 21 main leaflets 0.5-3.5 cm long, interspersed with smaller ones, oblong to egg-shaped, coarsely saw-toothed, whitish-silky-woolly beneath. Single yellow flowers on long naked stalks from the leafy nodes of the stolons, the stalks 2-10 cm long; 5 petals, oval to oval-oblong , 6-12 mm long.

Ecology: Margins of streams, lakes and ponds, mudflats, and moist alkaline meadows and grasslands in the montane zone.

Notes:  The roots of common silverweed are edible.

Sources:  

  • Eflora
  • Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon.  1994.  Plants of coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.

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