Potentilla anserina

Find this plant in Hortus Dijkspark.


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Potentilla anserina, or silverweed, is a perennial and part of the rosaceae family. It is found in ditches and cultivated land. Silverweed blooms between June-August producing little yellow flowers. 

Silverweed is used to treat diarrhoea and as a gargle for sore throats. Used externally a powder made with the plant can be useful in the treatment of ulcers and hemorrhoids and the bruised whole plant can function as a locally anesthetic. The root can be eaten raw or cooked. Dried it can be ground into a powder, which can be added to soups and cereals.