Calyx and corolla, 5-divided. 5 bractlets, often cut, lie between the sepals. Leaves, all from the root, pinnate, with from 7 to 21 leaflets and smaller ones in between, dark green above, silky white beneath. 2 or 3 feet long. June to August.

The broad, open, yellow flower grows on a scape from a bed of beautifully cut, handsomely colored leaves, which are green above, conspicuously white beneath. Like a strawberry plant, the silver weed spreads by jointed runners. Along the dunes bordering Long Island bays I have found this pretty potentilla, its leaves lapping the water. In salt or brackish marshes, banks of streams, very widely disseminated. (See illustration, p. 173.)

Silver weed (Potentilla Anserina)

Silver weed (Potentilla Anserina)