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Drymocallis glandulosa

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About Sticky Cinquefoil (Drymocallis glandulosa) Sticky Cinquefoil (Drymocallis glandulosa) is a common native perennial herb in the Rosaceae (Rose) family. It is found in most part of the state except the deserts and central valley. It is moderately fast growing and moderately long-lived. It resembles a strawberry plant, and they are related. It grows in an upright form to a height of 1.5 feet, with active growth during the spring and summer. It forms clumps or tufts much like strawberry plants. It may have rhizomes. The stalk has numerous sticky, glandular hairs near the base, leading to the common name. Flowers are small, white with yellow centers and striking, blooming in the late spring through summer. Part of its garden appeal is its long blooming season. Leaves are medium green and deciduous. It grows at elevations from sea level to 12,500 feet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.5 ft (0.46 m)

Max. Width
1 ft (0.3 m)


Growth Rate

Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
White, Yellow

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Found in the understory of a variety of woodland types, occasionally in wetlands

Part Shade, Sun

Elevation ?
-8' - 10705'

Annual Precip. ?
10.8" - 153.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 5.94"

Coldest Month ?
22.7° F - 56.5° F

Hottest Month ?
45.5° F - 79.3° F

Humidity ?
0.08 vpd - 26.55 vpd

Soil Description

Soil Texture
Loam, Loamy Sand, Silt Loam

Soil PH
5.0 - 8.0

Fast, Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -15° F

Companion Plants
Can be used with virtually any trees or large shrubs in a woodland garden. Can be combined with numerous herbaceous perennials, annuals, and native grasses

Wildlife Attracted
Various small insects are attracted to the flowers

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Low, Moderate - High
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Propagation ?
Under suitable conditions it readily re-seeds itself

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Potentilla glandulosa

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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