Potentilla nivea L.
Snow Cinquefoil, Snowy Cinquefoil, Villous Cinquefoil
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: PONI2
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Trifoliate
Size Class: 0-1 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed and division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Potentilla nivea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Potentilla nivea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Potentilla nivea
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff