What plant is that?

   Dwarf Cinquefoil  
Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2013

The mystery plant for August is a low-growing, prostrate, herbaceous perennial and is found growing in open, sunny places. Initially the leaves are all basal and five-parted. As the plant develops the stems become elongated and bear leaves along the stem. The five leaflets are toothed above the middle while the lower portion of the leaflets are entire. The yellow flowers are of five regular parts and generally borne singly on the flowering stems. It is commonly found growing in dry, open places, but can also be found in woods. The plants bloom in May and June.

It’s…

Botanical Name:
  Potentilla canadensis
Common Name:
  Dwarf Cinquefoil or Running Field Cinquefoil
Family:
  Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Habitat:
  Dry open areas, fields and woods

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