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Mono Cinquefoil
Potentilla pseudosericea
About Mono Cinquefoil (Potentilla pseudosericea) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Potentilla pseudosericea is a species of cinquefoil known by the common names silky cinquefoil and Mono cinquefoil. It is native to the Sierra Nevada of California and mountain ranges just to the east, where its distribution extends into Nevada. It grows in rocky mountainous habitat. It is a small plant forming mats or tufts in rock cracks and talus, its short stem growing from a caudex. The leaves are generally palmate, divided into five leaflets. The leaflets are deeply lobed along the edges and woolly in texture, coated in white or silvery hairs. The inflorescence is a cluster of a few yellow flowers with petals around 3 millimeters long each.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.8 - 5.9 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 15.2" - 64.8", Summer Precipitation: 1.59" - 3.65", Coldest Month: 17.7" - 31.5", Hottest Month: 36.5" - 55.8", Humidity: 1.40" - 13.70", Elevation: 8672" - 14094"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Pennsylvania Cinquefoil, Silky 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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