Latin name: Potentilla canadensis
Member of the Rose family (Rosaceae)
The name "cinquefoil," which means "five-leaved," refers to the number of leaflets in the compound leaf. The leaves on this "dwarf" variety are wedge-shaped. The stems are hairy. It has a solitary, five-petaled yellow bloom. It grows to a height of 2 to 4 inches and spreads by 6- to 20-inch runners. It is found in fields and dry woods. It blooms between March and June.
The Dwarf Cinquefoil is extremely common in the Clinch Mountain area. It can be found in most open fields.
"A Field Guide to Wildflowers, Northeastern and North-central North America" by Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny
Photo taken behind my house