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Plant Identification: Serrated 5 Leaf Ground Cover Growing in my Grass

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StJacques
Montreal
Canada

August 2, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #9227475

Hello All,

I live in Montreal, and I have discovered a plant/ground cover that is growing in my grass. I have included a picture below and a ruler to give you an idea of the size.

The leaves are small and serrated and arranged in 5's. It is very low growing, is quite dense and spreads well year to year, and appears to outcompete the grass. It can be mowed like the grass, however if I were to let it grow around August it would have little yellow ball like flowers.

Does anyone have any idea what it is, and if so where can I get seeds; it grows really well here and is great to walk on.

Simon

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PiedmontGuy
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 8a)

August 2, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #9227476

Looks like a species of Cinquefoil (genus Potentilla)

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 2, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #9227547

that would be my answer also but i don't know anything about plants growing wild in canada.
vanillaman
Washago, ON
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2012
5:35 PM

Post #9227557

LOL, a lot of Cinquefoils grew around my Igloo in Montreal!

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2012
6:05 PM

Post #9227593

The little yellow flowers will make a lot of seeds, if you don't mow them off before they are pollinated and mature.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

August 2, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9227634

Not likely to be one of the small native potentillas growing in those conditions.
Maybe Potentilla reptans, and going from your description of the flowers being ball-like, maybe the double-flowered form, Potentilla reptans 'Pleniflora':
http://www.google.ca/imgres?q=potentilla+reptans+pleniflora&um=1&hl=en&client=safari&sa=N&rls=en&biw=1915&bih=985&tbm=isch&tbnid=ZVeF_36oVD7LPM:&imgrefurl=http://www.bigdipperfarm.com/cgi-bin/searchstuff.pl%3FBotanical%3DPotentilla&docid=vsfPGfKWi7wJ9M&imgurl=http://www.bigdipperfarm.com/images/big_dipper/th_357-006.jpg&w=160&h=219&ei=nywbUJy2Dc6ujALrm4GwDg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=192&vpy=163&dur=1102&hovh=175&hovw=128&tx=81&ty=118&sig=105703094030549875649&page=1&tbnh=142&tbnw=104&start=0&ndsp=49&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:73

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