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Prairie Cinquefoil
Potentilla pensylvanica
About Prairie Cinquefoil (Potentilla pensylvanica) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Potentilla pensylvanica is a species of cinquefoil known by the common names Pennsylvania cinquefoil and prairie cinquefoil. It is native to much of northern and western North America, including most of Canada and the western half of the United States. It grows in many types of habitat. The plant is quite variable in appearance. It may be small and tuftlike or slender and erect. The leaves are divided into a few leaflets which are deeply lobed and have hairy undersides. The inflorescence is a clustered of several flowers each with yellow petals a few millimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

3.1 - 9.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 11.8" - 48.6", Summer Precipitation: 1.43" - 2.75", Coldest Month: 17.0" - 33.3", Hottest Month: 38.3" - 59.9", Humidity: 1.11" - 16.29", Elevation: 6344" - 12807"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Pennsylvania 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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