This section is from the book "A Manual Of Weeds", by Ada E. Georgia. Also available from Amazon: A Manual Of Weeds.
Native. Perennial. Propagates by seeds and by stolons.
Time of bloom: April to August.
Seed-time: June to September.
Range: Maine and Quebec to Minnesota, southward to Georgia and Oklahoma.
Habitat: Dry soil; fields, meadows, pastures, and waste places.
Stems tufted, spreading, stoloniferous, six inches to two feet long, very slender, the runners thin as wire, often reddish, finely hairy. Leaves palmately five-foliate, the leaflets oblong obovate, green and smooth
Fig. 151. - Common Five-finger (Potentilla canadensis). X 1/3 above, sparsely hairy beneath, with slender petioles. Flowers solitary in the axils, on long slender, wiry peduncles, golden yellow, about a half-inch broad, the five petals broadly obovate, longer than the pointed calyx-lobes and the narrow bractlets. Achenes small, smooth, scattered by the nodding of the wiry flower-stalks. (Fig. 151.)
Cultivation, liming and manuring the soil, will so stimulate the growth of better plants that the weed will soon be superseded. Clover is the best crop to grow for this purpose.