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Creeping Cinquefoil

Potentilla reptans

Also known as

Common Cinquefoil, European Cinquefoil, Five Finger Grass, Five Leaf, Mary's Five Fingers, Sink-Field, European Fivefinger

Potentilla reptans ENBLA04 by Enrico Blasutto (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Creeping Cinquefoil, former Barton tip - - 1402331
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Potentilla reptans is a low-growing perennial species that is also commonly known by the names creeping cinquefoil and common cinquefoil. It has creeping stems and roots easily from nodes. Considered an invasive weed in many locations, plant with care! Root removal needs to be thorough or this thuggy plant will easily reappear. It creeps into lawns and flowerbeds, smothering other plants and is capable of covering 10 metres square in a season. Dandelions are nothing compared to this monster! It grows a main taproot measuring around 30cm in length and numerous runners, which resemble those of strawberries. Originating from Eurasia and Northern Africa, this species has spread around the world, it is now naturalised in many locations. It can be commonly found in UK grassland and hedges. Yellow flowers appear between June-September (UK), they measure around 2cm across and resemble those of buttercups, but flatter. Foliage is toothed along the edges and divided into between 5-7 oval-egg shaped leaflets. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen.



Cuttings can be taken from the creeping stems.


Special Features

Attractive flowers

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Attracts useful insects