Tormentil (Potentilla Erecta)
Dave Cheetham (June)
These little Tormentil flowers are everywhere at the moment. Easily distinguished from buttercups - they have four petals whilst Buttercups have five petals.
The name Tormenti is derived from the Latin tormina meaning colic which it was used to treat.
There are also many records of the root of this plant being used to make an astringent tooth powder for gum disease. Aside form it's healing properties, the roots of tormentil can be used to make a highly effective bright red dye.
Historically Tormentil was used as a kind of 'early viagra' which may account for the latin name - Potentilla 'Erecta'.