Creeping Cinquefoil

March 17th, 2012

Latin:  Potentilla reptans

Irish:  Cúig mhéar Mhuire


This is a native species that has long stems that creep along the ground sending up long-stalked leaves and single flowers at regular intervals and are a common sight on roadsides and in waste places.

The leaves are nearly all palmate with 5 toothed leaflets. The flowers are bright yellow, 20-25mm across and have 5 petals.


It has had several uses in herbal medicine.  An infusion of the dried herb is used in the treatment of diarrhoea.  It is also used as a gargle for sore throats and is used externally as an astringent lotion.  It is also reported that a concentrated decoction of the root relieves toothache.

Creeping Cinquefoil has cosmetic uses also as the plant is an ingredient in a number of anti-wrinkle cosmetic preparations for the skin.

Specimens were recorded on the west-facing slope of the motte and in the Builder’s Paddock.

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