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Potentilla palustris - (L.)Scop.

Common Name Marsh Cinquefoil
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Marshes, bogs, acid fens and wet heaths[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Iceland south and east to the Pyrenees, temperate Asia and Japan.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Potentilla palustris Marsh Cinquefoil


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Potentilla palustris Marsh Cinquefoil
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Potentilla palustris is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 1.5 m (5ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from May to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers wet soil.

Synonyms

Comarum palustre. L.

Habitats

 Bog Garden;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

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

Medicinal Uses



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Astringent.

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

Other Uses

Dye;  Tannin.

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

Cultivation details

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].

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Propagation

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.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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