Creeping Cinquefoil

Pest: Creeping cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans)

Pest Type: Perennial Broadleaf Weed

Major Identifying Features: Leaves have 5 leaflets that are narrow and sharply toothed (similar to silverweed), bright yellow flowers

Life Cycle: Perennial, spreads by seeds and creeping runners, flowers from June-October

Pest Rating: Moderate

Management Rating: Moderate

Host/Season/Outbreak Information: Can be found on water areas, bare ground, road sides, shrub borders, grassy areas, (unmanaged) lawns and turf, prefers dry and under nourished conditions

Damage Information: Colonizes quickly large areas

Management Options: Prevention by good turf care (aeration, scarification, fertilization), raking, chemicals are usually not needed when turf is in good condition




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