Shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

Dmitry Poltavsky - Dasiphora fruticosa

Dasiphora fruticosa is a species of hardy deciduous flowering shrub in the family Rosaceae, native to the cool temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, often growing at high altitudes in mountains. Dasiphora fruticosa is a disputed name, and the plant is still widely referenced in the horticultural literature under its synonym Potentilla fruticosa. Common names include Shrubby cinquefoil, Golden hardhack, Bush cinquefoil, Shrubby five-finger, Tundra rose, and Widdy. Shrubby cinquefoil is a popular ornamental plant in temperate regions. Dasiphora fruticosa leaves are widely used as tea in China. It has been confirmed to possess significant antioxidant activity. In Russia common name is Kuril tea (this name refers to the Kuril Islands - a volcanic archipelago that stretches northeast from Hokkaido, Japan, to Kamchatka, Russia). Tea of Dasiphora fruticosa leaves is used in many infectious diseases, it has antiviral and antibacterial properties.