Herb: Rough-Fruited Cinquefoil


Latin name: Potentilla recta


Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)



Medicinal use of Rough-Fruited Cinquefoil:

The whole plant is astringent. A poultice of the pounded leaves and stems has been applied to open sores and wounds.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
60 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
June
to July

Habitat of the herb:

More or less naturalized in waste or grassy places in Britain.

Edible parts of Rough-Fruited Cinquefoil:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The unripe fruit is almost as pleasant as the fully ripe fruit.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow early spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

Cultivation of Rough-Fruited Cinquefoil:

More or less naturalized in waste or grassy places in Britain.

Known hazards of Potentilla recta:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.