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Dwarf Cinquefoil
Potentilla canadensis

A low, spreading plant with silvery-downy stems and yellow flowers blooming singly on long stalks rising from the axils of palmately 5-parted leaves.

This species is very similar to Common Cinquefoil (P. simplex), but the latter has larger leaflets, up to 2 1/2″ (6.3 cm) long, and the first flower arises from the axil of the second leaf. Both species are indicators of impoverished soil.” From Wildflower.org

So, I’m wondering if perhaps this is Common Cinquefoil. Feel free to comment if you know which this is!

Some might consider this a weed. It’s a spreading perennial ground cover and spreads by stolens (similar to strawberries).

Size: 1-5" in height
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Habitat: Mostly dry impoverished soil, sunny.
Identification: Palmate 5 parted leaves with small yellow flowers. Similar-looking to a strawberry plant. Blooms March-June
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