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

Sibbaldia procumbens L.
sibbaldia (creeping sibbaldia)
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Dwarf perennial herb from a rhizome and branched woody stem-base; stems spreading to prostrate, tufted or mat-forming, 2-15 cm long, branching, stiff-appressed-hairy.
Basal and alternate along the horizontal stems, long-stalked, palmately compound; leaflets 3, wedge-shaped, 1-3 cm long, squared-off and 3- to 5-toothed at the tip, often purplish beneath, stiff-appressed-hairy on both surfaces.
Inflorescence a small, stalked, leafy-bracted, axillary or terminal cluster of 1 to 15 small flowers, the flowering shoots often shorter than the leaves; corollas pale yellow, saucer-shaped, the petals 5, oval to spoon-shaped, 1-3 mm long; calyces 5-lobed, the lobes triangular, 2-5 mm long, stiff-hairy, alternating with 5 shorter linear bractlets; ovaries superior; stamens 5.
Achenes, egg- to pear-shaped, about 1.5 mm long, smooth, brown, on minute flattened stalks.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to moist, gravelly meadows and rocky outcrops and ridges, snowbed areas, forest openings and disturbed soils in the montane to alpine zones; common throughout BC; circumboreal, N to AK, YT and NT, E to PQ and S to NH, CO and CA; Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Sibbaldia procumbens

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) 7 1994 3000
Slope Gradient (%) 0 22 300
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
0 180 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 3 8
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: AT(208), BAFA(204), CMA(23), CWH(2), ESSF(593), ICH(1), IMA(130), MH(9), MS(41), SBPS(4), SBS(4), SWB(21)

Ecological Indicator Information

A very shade-intolerant, sub­alpine to alpine, circumpolar evergreen dwarf shrub (trans­continental in North America). Occurs in alpine tundra and subalpine boreal climates on fresh to moist, nitrogen-poor soils (Mor humus forms); its occurrence increases with in­creasing latitude and duration of snow cover. Sporadic to scattered in heath communi­ties and parkland forests on water-shedding sites. Usually associated with Barbilophozia j1Derkeiand ericaceous shrubs. An oxylophytic species characteristic of alpine and subalpine communities.

SourceIndicator Plants of Coastal British Columbia (Information applies to coastal locations only)


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 alpine tundra & boreal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Potentilla sibbaldii Haller f.

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