Name That Plant!

Name That Plant!

Is this a wildflower or a weed? Of course the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” always applies to wildflowers. What one person appreciates another might find invasive and vise versa. Then again someone might appreciate it and find it invasive…what do you think? This wildflower is very common in the southeast and much of the United States. I can assure you it is very common in the wilder parts of out yard! I think the pale creamy yellow flowers are very attractive, but in the landscape these plants might take over.

Here are some more pictures that might help you figure it out.

The stem with its leaves.

Could this be a clue? Five serrated leaves.


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

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  1. I love weeds that make beautiful flowers. Makes it hard for me to hate weeds. 🙂

  2. Got me stumped.

  3. Dave,
    Great clues… Common Cinquefoil it is. I love the wild flowers that we have growing here and there.


  4. I agree with Gail. It sure looks like common Cinquefoil.

  5. Yep, five petals; it’s Cinquefoil.

  6. It’s potentilla erecta – Rough-fruited Cinquefoil.

  7. Its seems that the mystery of its name has been solved. But should it be called a weed? Unless they have been inundated with it most gardeners would say no; while most professionals (landscapers, farmers) would say yes. We need to rethink naturalized plants and how we use them. A lawn full of self sowing weeds with beautiful flowers need only to be mowed once every three or four weeks. I had a lawn full of black medic last week: wish I had pictures.

  8. I didn’t get here in time to guess a name, but I’ve got some pictures of a plant that grows in Indiana that needs to be identified….

    You’ve a larger audience…could you help?

  9. Sure Nancy,

    Just send the picture to and I can post it or post it up on your blog and I’ll link to it. Either way sounds good to me!

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