E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Potentilla hippiana Lehm. var. hippiana
woolly cinquefoil
Rosaceae (Rose family)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a stout branched stem-base covered with brown remains of old leaf-bases; stems 1 to several, tufted, spreading to erect, 15-50 cm tall, usually branched above, white-woolly and silvery-silky.
Basal leaves stalked, pinnately compound; leaflets 5 to 11, oblong, 2-5 cm long, coarsely sharp-toothed not more than halfway to the midrib, white-woolly or silvery-silky on both surfaces or greenish above; stem leaves alternate, 2 to 5, reduced upwards.
Inflorescence an open, terminal cluster of several to many stalked flowers; corollas yellow, bowl-shaped, the petals 5, egg-shaped, 4-8 mm long, shallowly notched or rounded at the tip; calyces woolly- and coarse-hairy, 5-lobed, the lobes lance-egg-shaped, slightly shorter than the petals, alternating with 5 narrowly lanceolate bractlets about the same length as the calyx-lobes; ovaries superior; stamens usually 20.
Achenes, numerous, clustered, lopsided-egg-shaped, 1.5 mm long, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry open forests, grasslands and sagebrush scrub in the steppe and montane zones; infrequent in BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to SK and S to NM and AZ.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Potentilla hippiana var. diffusa A. Gray ex Lehm.
Potentilla leneophylla Torr. & James ex Eaton
Potentilla leucophylla Torr., non Pall.
Potentilla propinqua (Rydb.) Rydb.

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