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Potentilla villosa

Potentilla villosa Pall. ex Pursh

Hairy Cinquefoil, Northern Cinquefoil, Villous Cinquefoil

Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Synonym(s): Potentilla nivea var. villosa, Potentilla villosa var. parviflora, Potentilla villosula

USDA Symbol: POVI4

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

A clumped perennial to about 6 in. tall. Basal leaves are divided into three, thick, leathery leaflets covered with silky hairs above, gray-woolly hairs below. Striking yellow, many-stamened flowers are clustered low above the foliage. Each of the five petals is sharply notched and bears an orange spot at the base.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Mts. of WA & s.e. Alt., n. to Juneau, AK (var. parviflora); extending to n. AK & e. Asia as var. villosa
Native Habitat: Coastal bluffs; arctic tundra; rock crevices; talus slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky 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

Additional resources

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


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

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