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Potentilla arguta Pursh
Tall cinquefoil, White cinquefoil, Prairie cinquefoil
USDA Symbol: POAR7
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Stout, erect stems, from 2-3 ft. tall, together with the tufted, basal, pinnate leaves, are generally sticky-hairy. Flowers are crowded in one large, terminal cluster or several smaller lateral groups. The five petals are pale yellow or creamy white surrounding a clump of yellow stamens.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AK , AR , AZ , CO , CT , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SD , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY Canada: NB
, SK Native Distribution:
N.B. to AK, s. to MD, IN, AR, OK & AZ Native Habitat:
Dry prairies; open woods; roadsides USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Deep mesic, rocky, or alluvial soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Stratified seed sown in late fall or early spring.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Moist stratify for 10 days.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff