37. Silver Weed

No 37
Common Name: Silver Weed
Scientific Name: Potentilla anserina
Irish Name: Briosclán
Family: Rosaceae
Habitat: Wasteland, pastures, roadsides, sand dunes, and damp places such as the margins of ponds
Uses: The leaves were once used as insoles in the shoes of tired walkers to ease their feet.  The plant was once used as food for geese, hence its species name ‘anserina’ (anser = goose in Latin).  In early times the roots of this plant were cultivated in some of the Scottish islands until potatoes were introduced.

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