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

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jim Riley     (Photo ID #28048)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Sibbaldia procumbens
Click here to view the full interactive map and legend

Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


If more than one illustration is available for a species (e.g., separate illustrations were provided for two subspecies) then links to the separate images will be provided below. Note that individual subspecies or varietal illustrations are not always available.


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)
1994 7 3000
Slope Gradient (%)
22 0 300

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

180 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 0 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# 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)

Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Potentilla sibbaldii Haller f.