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Dasiphora fruticosa
shrubby cinquefoil

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, northern Great Plains, Great Lakes region, and northeastern North America.

Habitat: Open areas from low elevations to alpine slopes.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Spreading to erect shrub 1-10 dm. tall, the young branches silky, becoming glabrous and reddish-brown, the bark shredding.


Leaves small and numerous, the leaf blades pinnately 5-foliate, the leaflets crowded, 10-20 mm. long, linear to narrowly elliptic-oblong, entire, gray-silky.


Flowers single in the leaf axils or in terminal clusters of 3-7; calyx saucer-shaped, soft-hairy, the 5 lobes 4-6 mm. long, ovate-triangular, spreading; calyx bracteoles narrowly lanceolate, slightly longer than the sepals; petals 5, yellow, oval, spreading, 8-13 mm. long; stamens 25-30; pistils numerous, the style slender at the base but thickening upward, twice as long as the hairy ovary, attached about mid-length.


Achene ovoid, light brown, 1.5-1.8 mm. long, with white, stiff hairs.

Accepted Name:
Dasiphora fruticosa (L.) Rydb.
Publication: Monogr. N. Amer. Potent. 188. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Dasiphora floribunda (Pursh) Raf.
Dasiphora fruticosa (L.) Rydb. ssp. floribunda (Pursh) Kartesz
Dasiphora riparia Raf.
Fragaria fruticosa Crantz
Pentaphylloides floribunda (Pursh) Á. Löve, superfluous renaming (illegitimate)
Pentaphylloides fruticosa (L.) O. Schwarz
Potentilla floribunda Pursh
Potentilla fruticosa L. [HC]
Potentilla fruticosa L. ssp. floribunda (Pursh) Elkington
Potentilla fruticosa L. var. tenuifolia (D.F.K. Schltdl.) Lehm.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Dasiphora fruticosa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Dasiphora fruticosa checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Dasiphora fruticosa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Dasiphora fruticosa photos.

USDA Plants: Dasiphora fruticosa information.

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