Potentilla canadensis

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Potentilla canadensis
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Potentilla
P. canadensis
Binomial name
Potentilla canadensis

Potentilla canadensis, the dwarf cinquefoil, is a species of cinquefoil (genus Potentilla) native to North America.[1]

The Iroquois take a pounded infusion of the roots as an antidiarrheal.[2] The Natchez give the plant as a drug for those believed to be bewitched.[3]

Along with Potentilla simplex, the plant is an indicator of impoverished soil.[4]


  1. ^ https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=POCA17
  2. ^ Herrick, James William (1977). Iroquois Medical Botany (PhD thesis). Albany: State University of New York. p. 353.
  3. ^ Swanton, John R (1928). "Religious Beliefs and Medical Practices of the Creek Indians". SI-BAE Annual Report. 42: 667. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ Niering, William A.; Olmstead, Nancy C. (1985) [1979]. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers, Eastern Region. Knopf. p. 753. ISBN 0-394-50432-1.