Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sulphur Cinquefoil/ Today's Flowers

Sulphur Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)

This wildflower (or weed, depending on who you're talking to) with five pale-yellow, heart-shaped petals is a relative newcomer to Ontario. It was first officially sighted here in 1897.  Each blossom opens in the morning and sheds its petals  by late afternoon. But hey! The next morning  new blossoms open!

Here in Ontario, sulphur cinquefoil blooms in fields and waste places from June through August. I don't grow these in my gardens. I think they are pretty but also invasive.

If you love flowers -- and who doesn't - check out Today's Flowers at


Jenn Jilks said...

I do love flowers!!! Great info.

Small City Scenes said...

I love flowers too but this one or similars ones I only love in someone elses yard. I tore out a bunch here. They are bright yellow flowers. Maybe P. fruticosa--maybe not.
Your pics are so pretty. MB

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful and I'd say wildflower definitely! But we don't garden any more, so all I have to do is admire. In my virtual garden, there are no weeds ;>)

Cezar and Léia said...

The name is so complicate for soooo gorgeous flower, I love the white and yellow combination, this flower is amazing!

Kathy said...

I say weeds are just flowers in their everyday clothes. Whatever this one is, it has a beautiful delicacy.

Shammickite said...

I'll be doggie walking in York Regional forest this afternoon, so I'll keep my eyes open for those flowers.

Roan said...

What an odd little flower/weed. Very pretty, though. ;)

Ebie said...

These flowers are pretty! Love the fuzzy shot of the stems and buds!

It is a beautiful weed!

Carver said...

Lovely wildflower. I also like the macro shot of flowers in the next post.

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