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Shrubby Cinquefoil
Dasiphora fruticosa
(formerly Potentilla fruticosa)

Other scientific names: Potentilla fruticosa, Dasiphora floribunda

French names: Potentille frutescente, Potentille arbustive

Family: Rose Family (Rosaceae)

Group: Cinquefoils

Distinctive features: Shrub

Similar species:
  •   Cinquefoils - see the Cinquefoils page.

  •   Three-toothed Cinquefoil (Sibbaldia tridentata)

  •   Common Cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

Flowers: Summer;  Yellow;  5 parts (petals);  Yellow. Mid-August.

Leaves: Alternate, Compound, Entire;  Alternate, pinnately compound. Not evergreen.

Height: 1 m (3 ft)

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas, Wet Areas;  Wet or dry open areas.

Books: Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 134    Shrubs of Ontario: 197    Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 316   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Common, widespread.

Photographs: 116 photographs available, of which 10 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

The bright yellow 5-part flowers.

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

These flowers are blooming in September.

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

Closeup of the flowers.

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

The compound leaves. They look as if they would be evergreen, but they're not.

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

A whole plant. The bright yellow flowers really stand out.

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

A "grove" of Shrubby Cinquefoil.

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

Here's one growing in a small crevice in a rock on the Bruce Peninsula.

Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

This plant is growing in a wet area on the upper Bruce Peninsula.

Range map for Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)