Rough Fruited Cinquefoil
Scientific Name: Potentilla recta
Family Name: Roseaceae
Identifying Characteristics: The palmately compound lightly toothed leaves help to identify this plant. The flowers are very similar to other Cinquefoil species flowers and provide no help in identifying this plant.
Location: We found Rough Fruited Cinquefoil in the waste area behind the Mount Peake Cemetery near Brandeis University.
History and Comments: Rough Fruited Cinquefoil is native to Europe, and is considered a weed in the United States, especially because cattle refuse to eat it when they encounter it. Rough Fruited Cinquefoil prefers dry fields and waste places.