Jul. 8, 2019

rough cinquefoil, Potentilla norvegica

Rough cinquefoil is one of those plants that follows us around. It doesn't mind being called a weed as long as it's got a nice clear spot to sink its roots. So what did this native do before we started cutting and plowing? It followed Mother Nature around to washes and burns. Any place where she needs a new start. Rough cinquefoil grows in every state except FL, HI, LA, and MS, in every province, in GL, and on SPM. It's also an Eurasian native, and has followeed us to South America and New Zealand. All of those places now have a mixture of American and Eurasian plants. Lenawee Co MI, 8/4/11.