Potentilla arguta Pursh
Tall Cinquefoil, White Cinquefoil, Prairie Cinquefoil
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: POAR7
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Achene , Aggregate
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Fruit: Aggregated achenes.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Deep mesic, rocky, or alluvial soils.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Stratified seed sown in late fall or early spring.
Seed Treatment: Moist stratify for 10 days.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Web ReferenceWebref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Potentilla arguta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Potentilla arguta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Potentilla arguta
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-23
Research By: TWC Staff