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Cinquefoil Leaf

Cinquefoil Leaf

Botanical Name

Potentilla reptans


Usual Origin(s)




Cinquefoil Leaf, known as the creeping cinquefoil, European cinquefoil or creeping tormentil, is a flowering plant in the family Rosaceae. A creeping perennial plant native to Eurasia and Northern Africa, Potentilla reptans has been naturalized elsewhere.


Folk Names

Crampweed, Five Finger Blossom, Five Finger Grass, Five Fingers, Goosegrass, Goose Tansy, Moor Grass, Pentaphyllon, Silver Cinquefoil, Silverweed, Sunkfield, Synkefoyle












Money, Protection, Prophetic Dreams, Sleep


Magical Uses

The five points of the leaves represent love, money, power, health and wisdom, and so if carried cinquefoil grants these. It is also hung up at the door, or placed on the bed, for protection. An infusion of the leaves is used to bathe the forehead and hands, nine times, to wash away hexes and curses. If you find a cinquefoil sprig with seven leaflets, place it under your pillow. You will dream of your future lover or mate. If a bag of cinquefoil is suspended from the bed you will have restful sleep all night. Carried, cinquefoil gives eloquence when asking for favors of officials, and usually ensures that the favor is granted. It is thus used in court causes. Cinquefoil is also added to purificatory bath sachets. 


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