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Potentilla arguta (Tall cinquefoil)
Glase, Terry

Potentilla arguta

Potentilla arguta Pursh

Tall Cinquefoil, White Cinquefoil, Prairie Cinquefoil

Rosaceae (Rose Family)


USDA Symbol: POAR7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Stout, erect stems, from 2-3 ft. tall, together with the tufted, basal, pinnate leaves, are generally sticky-hairy. Flowers are crowded in one large, terminal cluster or several smaller lateral groups. The five petals are pale yellow or creamy white surrounding a clump of yellow stamens.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Achene , Aggregate
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Aggregated achenes.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AK , AR , AZ , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SD , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , ON , PE , SK
Native Distribution: N.B. to AK, s. to MD, IN, AR, OK & AZ
Native Habitat: Dry prairies; open woods; roadsides

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Deep mesic, rocky, or alluvial soils.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Stratified seed sown in late fall or early spring.
Seed Treatment: Moist stratify for 10 days.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Potentilla arguta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Potentilla arguta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Potentilla arguta


Record Modified: 2023-02-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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