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Argentina anserina (L.) Rydb.

Silverweed, silverweed cinquefoil

ParentsUnknownGenus is not in the current taxonomy
SpeciesanserinaPertaining to geese, from the Latin anser for “goose,” growing on land perhaps grazed by geese. -Ina is also a diminutive suffix, so anserina could mean little goose or gosling

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Silverweed is a member of the rose family. Argentina means silver, a reference to the silvery white color of the undersides of the leaves; anserina means "pertaining to geese," possibly a reference to its growth on land grazed by geese. It is native to the cooler areas of North America.

Identification: Silverweed is a low, creeping plant. Leaf clusters are about 5-10″ (12-25 cm) long. Each leaflet is about 1-2″ (2.5-5 cm) long and ½″ (1.3 cm) wide. The spiky appearance of the leaves is quite unique. Flowers are yellow,[1] with five petals. There is only one other member of this genus, Argentina ededii. It is hard to tell these apart, but silverweed occurs inland, while A. egedii occurs near salt water.

Argentina anserina (silverweed, silverweed cinquefoil)

From Britton, Nathaniel Lord, and Brown, Addison, An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions, 1913.

Online References:


The Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Wikimedia Commons

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Minnesota Wildflowers

1Unless you happen to be a bee and see in ultraviolet—see this remarkable photo by Bjørn Rørslett

Argentina anserina (L.) Rydb. var. concolor (Ser.) Rydb.

Argentina argentea (L.) Rydb.

Potentilla anserina L.

Potentilla anserina L. ssp. anserina

Potentilla anserina L. var. concolor Ser.

Potentilla anserina L. var. sericea Hayne

Potentilla anserina L. var. yukonensis (Hultén) B. Boivin

Potentilla egedii Wormsk. ssp. yukonensis (Hultén) Hultén

Potentilla yukonensis Hultén


Argentina anserina description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Argentina anserina (silverweed, silverweed cinquefoil)

9/20/2009 · Wild Gardens of Acadia, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine · ≈ 1½ × 1′ (52 × 34 cm)


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