Potentilla hippiana

(Woolly Cinquefoil)

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Potentilla hippiana, Lake Dillon, Summit Co. 5750

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Potentilla hippiana, Lake Dillon, Summit Co. 5757

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Potentilla hippiana, Lake Dillon, Summit Co. 5795

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Potentilla hippiana, Lake Dillon, Summit Co. 5806

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Potentilla hippiana, Lake Dillon, Summit Co. 5804

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Potentilla hippiana, Lake Dillon, Summit Co. 5747

Scientific Name Potentilla hippiana USDA PLANTS Symbol POHI6
Common Name Woolly Cinquefoil ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 24718
Family Rosaceae (Rose) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 11500); widely distributed in sunny open areas, meadows, hillsides and gravelly slopes.
Plant: Perennial up to 20 inches tall; slender, whitish, hairy, erect but leaning 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, toothed edges, silvery and hairy on top, wooly beneath. See photos above.
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, slightly longer than the hairy, gray-ish sepals beneath.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Flora of North America, SEINet and US Forest Service, Guide to the Common Potentilla Species of the Blue Mountains Ecoregion
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County