Sulfur Cinquefoil

Potentilla recta

Perennial; one to several stems per plant. Numerous leaves on the stems, 5-7 leaflets with toothed edges. Stems and leaves are covered with stiff hairs. Pale yellow flowers with 5 heart shaped petals. The native look-alike, slender cinguefoil (Potentilla gracillis), has white woolly hair on the undersurface of the leaves; the invasive plant does not have the woolly hairs.

Plant Details

Habitat NotesMeadows, pastures, open forest, roadsides, old fields and disturbed areas.
Mature Height1-3’
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