Potentilla anserina

  1. Wildlife
  2. Wildflowers
  3. Silverweed


Silverweed is a trailing plant at home in grassland, roadside verges, sand dunes and waste ground. Its yellow flowers appear between June and August among the creeping mats of its silvery, downy leaves which remain all year-round.

How to identify

Silverweed has silvery leaves divided into twelve pairs of leaflets. Thin red creepers form new stems and its flowers have five yellow petals.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Although they sometimes don't look especially wildlife-friendly, our roadside verges and waste grounds can provide valuable habitats for all kinds of plants and animals. The Wildlife Trusts get involved in different projects to help make these places as beneficial for wildlife as possible. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Potentilla anserina
Height: up to 15cm
Conservation status