Sibbaldiopsis tridentata (Aiton) Rydb.
Shrubby fivefingers, Shrubby-fivefingers
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Synonym(s): Potentilla tridentata, Sibbaldia tridentata
USDA Symbol: sitr3
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Autumn Foliage: yes
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: CT , GA , IA , IL , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , PE , QC , 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
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
PropagationDescription: 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: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College, The - Valhalla, NY
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1990 VOL. 7, NO.2 - Preservation Blooms in Recreated Prairies, New Wildflower Center Prairie Welcome...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Sibbaldiopsis tridentata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Sibbaldiopsis tridentata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sibbaldiopsis tridentata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-01
Research By: TWC Staff