Herb latin name: Potentilla supina

Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Medicinal use of Potentilla supina:

The root is astringent, febrifuge and tonic. Pieces of the root are held in the mouth for 1 - 2 hours to relieve toothache. The juice of the root is used in the treatment of indigestion.

Description of the plant:


30 cm
(11 3/4 inch)

Habitat of the herb:

Dampish waste ground and ditches, 200 - 2500 metres in Turkey.

Edible parts of Potentilla supina:

Young leaves - cooked. An emergency food, it is only used when all else fails.

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 Potentilla supina:

Dampish waste ground and ditches, 200 - 2500 metres in Turkey.

Known hazards of Potentilla supina:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.