Tormentil

Tormentil ©Chris Lawrence

Tormentil

Enw gwyddonol: Potentilla erecta
Tormentil can be found growing on acid grassland, heathland and moorland, but even pops up alongside roads. It bears yellow, buttercup-like flowers, but with only four petals (buttercups have five).

Gwybodaeth am rywogaethau

Ystadegau

Height: up to 30cm

Statws cadwraethol

Common.

Pryd i'w gweld

May to September

Ynghylch

Tormentil is a common, low-growing and creeping perennial of acid grassland, heathland and moorland, but can also be found on roadside verges. Its four-petalled, yellow flowers appear May to September and provide nectar for solitary bees.

Sut i'w hadnabod

A low-growing, downy plant, Tormentil has yellow flowers with four petals, and glossy, deeply toothed leaves with three lobes and silvery undersides.

Dosbarthiad

Widespread.

Roeddech chi yn gwybod?

Tormentil was traditionally used to treat colic, gum disorders, wounds and inflammation. It was also used as a toothpaste and even to make a type of schnapps!

Sut y gall bobl helpu

The Wildlife Trusts are working to restore and protect our heathlands by promoting good management, clearing encroaching scrub and implementing beneficial grazing regimes. This work is vital if these habitats are to survive; you can help by supporting your local Wildlife Trust and becoming a member or volunteer.