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Cinquefoil False Sagebrush
Sphaeromeria potentilloides
About Cinquefoil False Sagebrush (Sphaeromeria potentilloides) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Sphaeromeria potentilloides is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names cinquefoil false sagebrush and fivefinger chickensage. It is native to the western United States, where it is known from the Great Basin and surrounding regions. It grows in moist areas, especially places with alkaline substrates such as hot springs and seeps. This perennial herb produces spreading stems from a woody caudex. The gray-green woolly leaves are divided into several lobes or leaflets which are subdivided into smaller lobes. The inflorescence is generally a cluster of a few flower heads lined with hairy phyllaries and containing yellow disc florets. There are no ray florets. The fruit is a tiny ribbed achene which swells up and becomes gluey in texture when it is moistened.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 7.4" - 50.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.56" - 1.81", Coldest Month: 27.9" - 37.5", Hottest Month: 56.2" - 68.8", Humidity: 0.50" - 22.21", Elevation: 3421" - 7376"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Fivefinger Chickensage

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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