Tormentil, Trailing

Information on Trailing Tormentil

Common Name: Trailing Tormentil
Scientific Name: Potentilla anglica
Irish Name: Néalfartach shraoilleach
Family Group: Rosaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period

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Trailing Tormentil could sometimes be confused with:


Very similar to Potentilla erecta, this little perennial has slightly larger, bright yellow flowers (14-18mm across), with 4 or 5 petals, at least 20 carpels, longer stems which root at leaf junctions (see photo), a basal rosette which persists, and short-stalked upper leaves. It flowers from June to September on banks, roadsides and woodland, not so commonly found as Potentilla erecta. It is a native plant and it belongs to the family Rosaceae. 

My first record of this wildflower was at Cullenstown, Co Wexford in 2006 when I also photographed it.   

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Hybrids between Potentilla anglica, Potentilla erecta and Potentilla reptans are quite common.  

Tormentil, Trailing
Tormentil, Trailing
Tormentil, Trailing
Tormentil, Trailing