Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Argentina anserina - Silverweed

Potentilla anserina - scientific synonym

Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range 

Argentina anserina

Visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website to view the natural range Silverweed. Considered Threatened in the states of: Pennsylvinna, Indiana and Iowa
 The tiny yellow flower of Silverweed brightening up  a woodland garden
Silverweed flowering
Above picture - Franco Folini from San Francisco, USA (Common silverweed (Potentilla anserina)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Wildlife Significance of Argentina anserina

Pollen Source - Bumblebees, cuckoo bees, Andrenid bees and Syrphid flies

Nectar Source - Butterflies

Deer - May nibble on Silverweed but no worries if you have American Bison roaming around in your garden, as they are not enticed by Silverweed!

Plant Provenance -

Holden Arboretum Kirtland, Ohio, mother plant from a native plant propagation class 2010.
Silverweed leaves look like ferns but they are not
Silverweed - Potentilla anserina

Cultivation Information - Silverweed

Height - 
6 inches - lays flat like strawberry plants, 
Flower Color
Blooms - June - August
- Part sun to filtered shade
Soil - Moist to dry
PH - 7.0

Family - Rose (Rosaceae)

Erosion - Useful in erosion control

Ground Cover -

Our Silverweed is filling in nicely in between the rock path which weaves under the Honey Locus tree. It is easy to remove if it "wanders" a bit too far for your taste.

Propagation Notes

Spreads - Nice ground cover, spread by runners like strawberries. Mammals consume, digest and spread seed.
Division - Easy to divide