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CINQUEFOIL

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CINQUEFOIL

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Potentilla reptans. N.O. Rosaceae.

Synonym ► Five-leaf-grass, Fivefinger. Habitat ► Meadows, pastures, waysides.

Features ► Stem long and creeping, rooting at joints, as the strawberry. Leaf stalks one to two inches long with five obovate leaflets, serrate, scattered hairs, veins prominent below. Flowers (June-September) bright yellow, five petals, solitary, on long stalks from stem as the leaves.

Part used ► Herb. Action ► Astringent.

Infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint of water in wineglass doses for diarrhoea. Also as a gargle for relaxed throat. Externally, as an astringent skin lotion.

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