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Sibbaldia procumbens
creeping-glow-wort, creeping sibbaldia

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Rocky Mountains, and east across most of Canda to the Atlantic Coasl.

Habitat: Open, dry to moist subalpine and alpine slopes.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Mat-forming perennial from rhizomes, the flowering stems leafless, 4-8 cm. tall.


Leaves from the horizontal stems trifoliate and petiolate; leaflets obovate, 1-3 cm. long, truncate and 3-5 toothed at the tip.


Inflorescence of 2-15 flowers in a tight cluster on the peduncle; calyx saucer-shaped, the 5 lobes 2.5-3.5 mm. long, the 5 alternating bracteoles shorter and narrower; petals 5, pale yellow, oval to spatulate, about half as long as the sepals; stamens 5, alternate with the petals; pistils 5-15, the styles 1 mm. long, lateral.


Achenes ovoid, 1.5 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Sibbaldia procumbens L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 284. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Potentilla procumberns Clairv.
Potentilla sibbaldii Haller f., orthographic variant
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Sibbaldia procumbens in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Sibbaldia procumbens checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Sibbaldia procumbens atlas page.

CalPhotos: Sibbaldia procumbens photos.

USDA Plants: Sibbaldia procumbens information.

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