Creeping Cinquefoil [Potentilla reptans]
Creeping cinquefoil a perennial weed and is more common on neglected areas such as woodland,
roadside verges and hedgerows. It is rarely a problem on well maintained lawns and turf.
Creeping cinquefoil spreads aggressively by creeping runners which root at intervals, forming
The strawberry like leaves have five leaflets which are heavily toothed. Creeping cinquefoil is
often confused with silverweed because of the similarity of the leaves.
The yellow flowers have 5 heart shaped petals and can be seen between June and September.
Creeping cinquefoil can tolerate most soil types.
Hand weeding maybe possible for a
small number of plants. Once it has become widespread it will become difficult to remove by
Encourage a healthy lawn with good lawn care practices such as scarifying, aeration, correct
feeding program and regular mowing to help prevent and discourage weeds.
If chemicals are needed, choose a selective weed killer that will give good control of creeping
cinquefoil. Apply again 6 weeks later if necessary.
When using chemicals on the lawn or anywhere else always wear the correct protective equipment
and clothing. Always read the product label and follow the manufacturers health & safety
recommendations and application guidelines.
For more information on the application of selective herbicide's please visit our Lawn Weeds page.