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Silverweed

(Potentilla anserina)

Silverweed © Luke Morton/Plantlife

Silverweed © Luke Morton/Plantlife


As its name suggests, the leaves of this wildflower have a silvery sheen.

When in bloom, it prduces a dainty, yellow, saucer-shaped flower with five petals. Silverweed is one of the flowers we keep track of in our Wildflowers Count survey - click here to find out how you can help out.

Distribution

Apart from the Scottish Highlands, it is found throughout the UK.

Habitat

Wasteland, pastures, waysides, sand dunes, damp places.

Best time to see

Flowers from June to August.

Did you know...

Silverweed was allegedly plucked by Roman soldiers to use as padding in their shoes - no doubt to ease the strain of a long march down their roads!