Potentilla canadensis L.
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
USDA Symbol: poca17
A low, spreading plant with silvery-downy stems and yellow flowers blooming singly on long stalks rising from the axils of palmately 5-parted leaves.
This species is very similar to Common Cinquefoil (P. simplex), but the latter has larger leaflets, up to 2 1/2 (6.3 cm) long, and the first flower arises from the axil of the second leaf. Both species are indicators of impoverished soil.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , KY , MA , MD , ME , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Ontario to Nova Scotia; south to Georgia; west to Tennessee, Missouri, and Ohio.
Native Habitat: Dry open soil.
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture: Dry
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.
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BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Potentilla canadensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Potentilla canadensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Potentilla canadensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-06-05
Research By: TWC Staff