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Argentina anserina

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Argentina (ar-jen-TEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: anserina (an-ser-EE-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Argentina argentea
Synonym:Potentilla anserina
Synonym:Potentilla edgii subsp. yukonensis
Synonym:Potentilla yukonensis

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12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Baa On Sep 23, 2001, Baa wrote:

Vigorous, spreading perennial from all over the world from Lapland to New Zealand but very abundant in Great Britain.

Has a rosette of pinnate, grey green, softly hairy leaves up to 5 inches long. Leaflets can number upto 25 and are are oblong and sharply toothed. Bears 5 petalled, bright gold, solitary flowers.

Flowers May - August

Its native habitat is wet, acid grassland in full sun to partial shade, but will grow practically anywhere. Rarely on sale even as seed but gives a lovely soft finish to a slightly shady area and brightens it up with its silver leaves. Runs all over my garden and can be cut down each year in Autumn with no ill effects.

Its been used for treating piles, stomach cramps, arthritis, tooth ache, jaundice, sores and mouth ulcers.

Its astringent qualities help reduce blemishes of the skin from freckles to spots and was even used to prevent skin pitting from small pox.

It's been used with honey as a gargle to alleviate sore throats.

Its even been used as an effective cure for tetanus.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
Pinconning, Michigan
Tawas City, Michigan
Kalama, Washington
Lake Stevens, Washington

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