This common Cinquefoil is very frequently mistaken for a yellow-flowered Wild Strawberry, owing to a fancied resemblance of its leaves and flowers. It is well to remember, however, that the Cinquefoil has a five-parted leaf, while the Strawberry leaf is three parted. The leaf stems of the former are very smooth, and those of the latter are hairy. It spreads its numerous long, slender runners, which often root at the tip, over the ground in every direction from a leafy tuft. There are several medical qualities attributed to this species. The pretty decorative leaf has five thin, coarsely toothed, strongly veined leaflets. They are oblong in shape, and narrowed toward the base. The leaves are of a lighter shade on the under side, and are set on long, smooth stems rising from the root or in little shorter-stemmed groups along the runners, at some little distance apart. The slender-stemmed, solitary flower has five broad-oval, yellow petals and numerous stamens. The petals are notched at the apex, and the hairy green calyx is exposed between them. The many green pistils form a dense little head in the centre. The five-parted calyx is closely supported with five similar and alternating leafy parts that give it a ten-parted appearance. This plant is exceedingly abundant in dry fields, hillsides, and roadways from Quebec to Georgia, Minnesota, and the Indian Territory, from April to August. Potentilla is derived from potens meaning powerful, and alludes to the medical properties attributed to some of the members of this group.