Marsh Cinquefoil (Potentilla palustris)

Comarum palustre. L.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Marsh Cinquefoil
Potentilla palustris

A red dye is obtained from the flowers[61].

Tannin is obtained from the root[61].

  • Medicinal Use

    The root is astringent. A decoction has been used in the treatment of dysentery and stomach cramps[257].

  • Edible Use

    The dried leaves are a tea substitute[177, 183, 257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
Requires a moist to wet soil, preferably on the acid side. A very cold-hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to about -25¡c[187]. A rapidly spreading plant, capable of forming clumps several metres across[187]. It is a plant for the wild wet garden[187]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to the Pyrenees, temperate Asia and Japan.

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