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Sibbaldiopsis tridentata (Ait.) Rydb.
Shrubby fivefingers, Shrubby-fivefingers
Synonyms: Potentilla tridentata
USDA Symbol: sitr3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low, mat-forming perennial, 1-10 in. tall, with shiny leaves, divided into threes which, if grown in direct sun, turn deep-red in fall. Small, white, five-petaled flowers are numerous in crowded clusters.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Autumn Foliage:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
CT , GA , IA , IL , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB
, SK Native Distribution:
Greenland to N.W. Territory, s. to CT, s. Ont., MI, WI & n.e. IA; also s. along exposed mts. to GA Native Habitat:
Rocky & gravelly shores; dry, shale outcrops on prairie hillsides USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Rocky or gravelly, sterile soils.
Conditions Comments: Useful as a ground cover. Good drainage is essential. Plants should be divided every 3-4 years or when they appear crowded.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fresh seed sown outdoors after collection will germinate the next spring. Stored seed must be treated before sowing in spring. Seedlings do not flower for two years. Plants are best divided in the fall. New divisions establish with difficulty because Seed Collection:
Seeds mature in a type of pod
which turns from green to grayish-brown during the 3-4 week period after blooming. Collect the fruiting stalks and air-dry before storing in sealed, refrigerated containers. Seed Treatment:
Cold-moist stratify for 6 weeks. Commercially Avail:
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Record Modified: 2009-02-01
Research By: TWC Staff