Cinquefoil (8)

Cinquefoil, the Potentilla genus, is large and can be found in a variety of habitats and life zones. All have five petals, most have an orange spot at the base of the petal. Some species hybridize making identification difficult. Here are a few. See also Cream Cinquefoil.

Potentilla pulcherrima

Beautiful Cinquefoil
Potentilla pulcherrima (P. gracilis)

Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: May 8, 2004
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Meadows and roadsides

Grows to 2ft high but often reclines. It has dark green, toothed., palmate leaves that are silvery and hairy underneath. A common cinquefoil.

Potentilla fissa

Leafy Cinquefoil
Potentilla fissa

Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
AKA: Bigflower Cinquefoil
Photo taken on: July 8, 2004
Location: Lower Loop, GV, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Rocky slopes and roadsides

Grows up to 12" with leafy, sticky stems. Flowers grow in clusters and look like buttercups.

Potentilla fruticosa

Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa (Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda)

Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
AKA: Potentilla, Bush Cinquefoil, Golden Hardhack
Photo taken on: June 26, 2004
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Moist, open areas

A many-branched shrub growing to 3ft with shredding bark. The leaves are grayish-green and five-lobed but are smaller and thicker than the herbaceous cinquefoils. Blooms from June to August.

Potentilla anserina

Silverweed Cinquefoil
Potentilla anserina (Argentina anserina)

Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
AKA: Silverweed
Photo taken on: June 25, 2005
Location: Brush Creek, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to subalpine
Habitat: Moist areas

Low growing with creeping, red runners. Leaves have many pairs of toothed leaflets that are silvery underneath.

Potentilla hippiana

Woolly Cinquefoil
Potentilla hippiana

Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
AKA: Silvery Potentilla, Horse Cinquefoil, Hipp's Cinquefoil
Photo taken on: June 26, 2004
Location: Almont Triangle, GV, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Dry meadows and slopes

Grows to 20" with whitish hairy stems that recline. The silvery, hairy leaves are divided into many pairs of leaflets.

Potentilla diversifolia

Varileaf Cinquefoil
Potentilla diversifolia

Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
AKA: Blueleaf Cinquefoil, Different-leaved Cinquefoil
Photo taken on: July 23, 2005
Location: Scarps Ridge, GV, CO
Life Zones: Subalpine to alpine
Habitat: Moist areas

Grows to 20". Leaves are palmately divided into bluish-green, toothed leaflets.

Potentilla pensylvanica

Prairie Cinquefoil
Potentilla pensylvanica

Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
AKA: Pennsylvania Cinquefoil
Photo taken on: July 10, 2008
Location: Almont, GV, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to subalpine
Habitat: Rocky areas and roadsides

Grows to 2ft. Flowers are clustered at top of stem. Leaves are mostly basal, deeply lobed and velvety.

Potentilla paradoxa

Paradox Cinquefoil
Potentilla paradoxa

Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
AKA: Diffuse Potentilla, Bushy Cinquefoil, Sand Cinquefoil
Photo taken on: September 23, 2013
Location: Abiquiu Lake, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Moist or wet areas, lake shores, sand bars

Growth is sprawling or erect with many branches and flowers. The leaves are divided pinnately and coarsely toothed. The flowers have leafy bracts.

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