Herbs Guide


Family Name: Rosaceae

Botanical Name(s): Potentilla reptans

Popular Name(s): Five-Finger Grass, Finger Leaf, Five Fingers, European Five Finger Grass

Parts Used: Root and leaves

Habitat: Cinquefoil is found in the UK and America.

Description: Cinquefoil is a creeping perennial plant with trailing stem. Its stem bears petioled leaves which are palmately divided into five sharp-toothed, obovate to oblanceolate leaflets. Its flowers grow on long peduncles from the axils of the leaves and are yellow in colour.

Uses: Cinquefoil has astringent properties. It is used to cure diarrhoea, chronic catarrhs and night sweats. It is used as a gargle also.