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

Potentilla ovina Macoun ex J.M. Macoun
Sheep Cinquefoil
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Mike Russum  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #66233)

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Distribution of Potentilla ovina
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a short thick rhizome and stout branched stem-base covered with brown remains of old leaf-bases; stems 1 to several, tufted, spreading to erect, 5-15 (25) cm tall, appressed-hairy.
Basal leaves crowded, short-stalked, pinnately compound; leaflets 7 to 21, rather crowded, 0.5-1 cm long, deeply cleft nearly to the base into linear-oblong lobes, greyish-green and silky-hairy on both surfaces, sometimes underlain by crinkly hairs.
Inflorescence an open terminal cluster of 1 to 6 stalked flowers; corollas yellow, bowl-shaped, the petals 5, egg-shaped, 5-7 mm long, shallowly notched at the tip; calyces hairy and sometimes weakly glandular, 5-lobed, the lobes lance-triangular, 3-5 mm long, alternating with 5 shorter, narrower bractlets; ovaries superior; stamens usually 20.
Achenes, numerous, clustered, lopsided-egg-shaped, 1.5-2 mm long, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist meadows to dry open rocky slopes in the subalpine and alpine zones; rare in SC (Chilcotin) and extreme SE BC; E to SK and S to CO, NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Potentilla ovina

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 720 720 720
Slope Gradient (%) 48 48 48
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
36 35 36
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
2 2 2
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: PP(1)

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