Scientific NamePotentilla simplex
Other Common Names:
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Potentilla simplex var. argyrisma
Potentilla simplex var. calvescens
Potentilla simplex var. typica
This low growing perennial can be found flowering from April through August, with fruit forming from June through September.
The alternate leaves grow on long petioles and are composed of 5 leaflets. The lanceolate or elliptic leaflets have toothed margins, and are dark green on the upper surface, while appearing whitish on the bottom.
This plant can be distinguished from the Indian mock-strawberry by its 5-toothed leaflets.
Flower Seed Head
The solitary yellow flowers grow on long petioles. Each flower has 5 petals with notched tips.
The seeds grow in a small head of nutlets, or achene. Each yellowish brown nutlet is smooth, with a small tuft of hair.
This plant prefers dry open areas, and can be found growing in fields, forest edges, and lawns.
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval