Creeping cinquefoil: fight or tolerate and use?

Creeping cinquefoil: fight or tolerate and use?

Creeping cinquefoil is considered a weed - why?

As its name suggests, this cinquefoil crawls along the floor. There it forms numerous runners over time. At some point a plant has become a whole carpet that covers the ground. The creeping cinquefoil is considered a weed on the one hand because of its strong spread and on the other hand because of its robustness.

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How can you fight it?

This is to be considered when fighting:

  • has up to 45 cm long, thin taproot
  • start as early as possible (before it starts to grow)
  • remove the herb before flowering (starts in May / June)
  • pull out if the soil is damp
  • it is better to completely dig up all root remains
  • alternatively on larger areas: mowing
  • if not completely removed, it comes back

Do not fight the herb rigorously, use it

If you are a nature lover and do not attach too much importance to straight lines in your garden, but can also enjoy wild plants, you are not fighting the creeping cinquefo completely. For example, you can use its plant parts. It is edible and medicinal.

Eat the leaves and flowers

The leaves taste slightly sour and the flowers sour-sweet. For example, you can use the leaves for green juices, smoothies, salads, stews and soups. The flowers also taste good on their own and visually enhance various dishes.

The parts of the plant have a supporting effect on blood circulation, help against fever and relieve inflammation in the mouth and throat. The long taproot in particular is full of medicinal ingredients. The leaves, on the other hand, are extremely rich in vitamin C.


In contrast to many other perennials, the creeping cinquefoil is extremely robust in its location when extremely cold temperatures of down to -29 ° C are involved. It is therefore worthwhile to let this plant grow in some places where other plants prove to be poorly hardy.