|Scientific Name||Potentilla effusa (Potentilla hippiana var. effusa)||USDA PLANTS Symbol||POEF|
|Common Name||Branched Cinquefoil||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||24706|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 11500); sunny open areas, meadows, hillsides and gravelly slopes.
Plant: Perennial in low clumps, up to 20 inches tall and several feet wide; much-branched with slender, whitish, hairy, leaning or tangled stems.
Leaves: Mostly basal and crowded, 2 to 6 inches long overall, pinnately-divided into 5 to 13 leaflets, oblanceolate, 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long; margins are toothed at least on the upper part; both surfaces are similarly covered with woolly hairs. See photos.
Inflorescence: Branching cyme with ascending branches of a few to several yellow flowers, each with 5 petals, sometimes with shallowly-notched tips, each about 1/4-inch long, about the same length as sepals; sepals are pointed an have hairy edges.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Flora of North America, SEINet and American Southwest.
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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County