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Common Name: Old Field Cinquefoil
Potentilla simplex is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.10 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Eastern and Central N. America - Nova Scotia to North Carolina, Alabama, Minnesota and Missouri.
Locally common in dry open woods, prairie hillsides, roadsides, old fields and waste places[
Easily grown in a well-drained loam, preferring a position in full sun but tolerating shade[
]. Prefers an alkaline soil but tolerates a slightly acid soil[
]. Plants grown in rich soils produce more foliage at the expense of flowering[
Hardy to about -25°c[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The plant is mildly astringent and antiseptic[
]. A decoction is used as a gargle for loose teeth and spongy gums[
An infusion of the roots has been used in the treatment of dysentery[
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.