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

Potentilla drummondii Lehm.
Drummond's Cinquefoil (Diverse-leaved Cinquefoil)
Rosaceae (Rose family)

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© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #25459)

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a short thick rhizome and branched stem-base; stems 1 to several, tufted, spreading to erect, 15-60 cm tall, greenish, thinly long-hairy to nearly smooth.
Basal leaves long-stalked, pinnately compound; leaflets 5 to 9 (11), closely crowded, egg-shaped, 1-5 cm long, cleft halfway to the midrib into lanceolate teeth, greenish and smooth on the upper surface, hairy to nearly smooth beneath; stem leaves alternate, 2 or 3.
Inflorescence an open terminal cluster of several to many stalked flowers; corollas yellow, bowl-shaped, the petals 5, heart-shaped, 6-11 mm long, shallowly notched at the tip; calyces sparsely coarse-hairy, 5-lobed, the lobes egg-shaped, alternating with 5 slightly shorter, lanceolate bractlets; ovaries superior; stamens about 20.
Achenes, numerous, clustered, lopsided-egg-shaped, about 1.5 mm long, olive-brown, smooth.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to wet, open rocky slopes, meadows and open forests in the montane to alpine zones; infrequent throughout BC south of 55oN; E to W AB and S to N CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Potentilla drummondii

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1485 1896 2390
Slope Gradient (%) 0 12 79
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
60 203 284
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 5 7
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(2), CMA(1), ESSF(26), IMA(2)


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.

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