Rose family – Rosaceae
$6.00 – $13.00
One of the most adaptable of the native groundcovers, this plant is related to strawberries but spreads underground and forms a denser mat of shiny green, weed-smothering foliage. Bright yellow flowers in spring remind some gardeners of weedy cinquefoils that are already in their garden, but this is an uncommon plant in the wild and rarely offered at nurseries – you’ll occasionally see a similar Asian species (W. ternatum) available. The fruit is an inedible, dry seed capsule. Some taxonomic treatements move this species into the genus Geum. The authoritative Flora of North America leaves it in the genus Waldsteinia.