Also called Sulphur Cinquefoil, Potentilla recta is part of the Rose Family of wildflowers. The pale yellow flower has five heart-shaped leaves and numerous stamens and pistils. Though considered a wildflower in England, here in the U.S. it is officially considered a noxious weed in several Western states. Found in dry fields, Rough-fruited Cinquefoil is ignored by cattle, which may have something to do with the lamentable label the flower holds.
Learn to identify one hundred species of flora within walking distance of your home! scsours began this challenge in July of 2008, and I was eager to hop on the bandwagon about a month later. I've remembered much and learned even more. It's been a fun but slow process. Spring has finally arrived here in Massachusetts, and I will hopefully be posting often soon.