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slender cinquefoil

Potentilla gracilis

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low - medium
full sun - part shade
upright
4 - 18"
yellow
spring - summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Sunny open forest slope habitat
Sunny open forest slope habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Five-fingered leaves are a hallmark of the genus
Five-fingered leaves are a hallmark of the genus

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Sunny open forest slope habitat
Sunny open forest slope habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Cinquefoil is named for its five-fingered leaf, in this case dark green with a bright silvery underside. Butter-yellow flowers appear in early-to-mid summer, and a early fall moisture can lead to a second round of blooms. The foliage is fairly low-growing, while the flower stalks reach quite a bit higher. Slender cinquefoil is appropriate for sunny dry and partly shaded sites, and looks nice with blanketflower, yarrow, penstemon, and bunchgrasses.