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Crested Potentilla
Potentilla cristae
About Crested Potentilla (Potentilla cristae) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Potentilla cristae is a rare species of cinquefoil known by the common name crested cinquefoil. It is endemic to the Klamath Mountains of far northern California, where it is known from a few occurrences in the subalpine and alpine climates of the high mountain ridges. It grows in talus and moist rocky or gravelly serpentine soils. This is a low, matted plant producing a clump of hairy, glandular herbage up to about 20 centimeters tall. Each hairy leaf is divided into three rounded leaflets which are toothed or lobed and measure up to 2 centimeters in length. The inflorescence is a cyme of a few flowers, each with five small yellow petals. The fruit is a minute achene just a millimeter wide, which is smooth with a crest.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.9 - 7.9 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 5 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 42.4" - 102.4", Summer Precipitation: 1.77" - 3.51", Coldest Month: 29.3" - 37.8", Hottest Month: 47.1" - 58.2", Humidity: 2.14" - 13.10", Elevation: 5752" - 9042"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Crested Cinquefoil

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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