Etymology: Potentilla: comes from the Latin diminutive of potens meaning "powerful" in reference to the medicinal properties of some species
Plants: erect, perennial, 1"-20" tall, branching forb
Leaves: palmately-lobed into about 5 narrow leaflets; deeply toothed; undersides of leaves silvery from fine hairs
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/3" wide, petals about the same size as the sepals; inflorescence a branched cluster (cyme); blooms June-Sept.
Fruits: dry, smooth seed
Habitat: dry; disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized