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Potentilla nivea (Snow cinquefoil)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Potentilla nivea

Potentilla nivea L.

Snow Cinquefoil, Snowy Cinquefoil, Villous Cinquefoil

Rosaceae (Rose Family)


USDA Symbol: PONI2

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

A densely tufted, 2-10 in. tall perennial with trifoliate, basal leaves often partially hidden by blackish-brown leaf remains. Each of the toothed, wedge-shaped or oval leaflets are covered with long, yellow-gray, silky hairs. Flowering stems have one to three flowers. The petal are deep yellow, fading to pale yellow.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Trifoliate
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul


USA: AK , AZ , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: AK, s. in the Rockies to Deer Lodge Co., MT & CO
Native Habitat: River bars; alpine ridges; rock crevices

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

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: Propagate by seed and division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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