06.10.2022 Forb Friday

So a different ‘F’ alliteration. I have a few other frog shots but am not really impressed with them thus it’s on to another subject.

Common Cinquefoils-Potentilla simplex started lining our sidewalk a few years ago so the mower spares these mowees.

Members of the Rosaceae, they are also known by some, but not by me until now, as Old-field Five Fingers.Β  Seeing them growing by the front walk one wouldn’t think of them as roses, at least I didn’t. But comparing them to our invasive and skin tearing Multiflora Rose-Rosa multiflora, aka Rambler Rose, one can see the resemblance.

R. multiflora are very widespread, often growing as thickets, and my description of what they do to you, even through tough denim, as you try to bushwhack your way to something interesting further in is accurate. But their rose hips are edible as a saving grace, and the flowers are pretty.Β  Too bad people don’t over-forage them though. πŸ™‚

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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32 Responses to 06.10.2022 Forb Friday

  1. Ann Mackay says:

    Lovely photographs! I have yellow potentilla happily spreading around my garden here. The original was a pretty pale yellow but the offspring vary between that and a darker shade.

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  2. The range map for Potentilla simplex shows it in all the states in the eastern half of the country and even into northeast Texas and a couple of other scattered counties but not anywhere close to Austin. Forb, admittedly a handy word, isn’t one that many people know.

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    • I saw that it is found in Texas and quite a few other states in the middle of the country. For some reason forb popped into my head when I was lacking a frog. It works and maybe I’ll help it with a little advertising. And for anyone feeling bad about not knowing the word, neither did spell check. It does now.


  3. The Common Cinquefoils capture is a beautiful composition, awesome details!

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Pretty! I’m fond of the lemon-yellow ones with gray-green foliage. The smaller bright yellow ones with stolons aren’t so welcome in my garden beds. πŸ˜‰ Multi-flora roses are an out and out scourge!

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  5. melissabluefineart says:

    Ha! Steve’s right about the word forb. My computer certainly doesn’t know it, and I always get blank looks when I use it in a sentence. Pictured as you have here the cinquefoil is so attractive and sweet. I have a large specimen of the shrubby cinquefoil, in my garden that is just about to pop out in yellow flowers. I’m not a huge fan, but the bees certainly are. I’m planning to move it to a distant corner where it can please the bees and I don’t have to look at all that yellow shrubbiness.

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    I like the heart-shaped flower with its so accurately placed five petals.

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  7. Bray images Steve! Enjoyed seeing them!


  8. Beautiful heart shaped yellow petals.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    You could have gone with Five-Finger Friday, and no one would have discounted your image.They’re lovely. The shape of the Cinquefoil reminds me of our various Luwigia species.

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  10. Wally Jones says:

    I certainly see the Rosaceae lineage and what an attractive member of a family filled with beauties!

    Count me as another advocate of walking to the end of the driveway to enjoy this bloom as opposed to wading through the barb-filled tangles of this forb’s less thoughtful relatives.

    As we have become accustomed, yet another superb photograph!

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    • Thanks, Wally. Yeah, the shorter walk is more appealing and certainly less painful. I’ll never replace a walk in the wild but am adding a few plants to our gardens for photography as well as, and more importantly, the pollinators that visit our yard.


  11. Todd Henson says:

    I recall enjoying photographing some multiflora last year and being a bit disappointed when I learned they were invasive. That happens so often. But they are still attractive and it’s not as if it’s the fault of the plant, so I still enjoy seeing and photographing them, even as I wish we had fewer invasive species around.

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  12. Those cinquefoils are lovely, Steve–good job sparing them from the mower! I’m all too familiar with those skin-tearers, aka terrors! They, or something closely related, grow wild in many places I like to walk, and yes sometimes they turn me back.

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  13. bluebrightly says:

    Fabulous with the “F” words, Steve. I’ve heard Cinquefoil but not the other name. I love the way you pictured those yellow beauties.

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