Plant A Day – Shrubby Cinquefoil

Shrubby cinquefoil Dasiphora fruticosa

Shrubby Cinquefoil
Dasiphora fruticosa

Shrubby Cinquefoil is somewhat peculiar plant in that it seems to be found natively all around the world in a variety of habitats.  Locally, I’ve seen it on a historically drained lake bottom that has marly soil at Merry Lea Environmental Center.

It has also been cultivated widely and there are lots of cultivars of this species.

This Cinquefoil, and other shrubby species of Cinquefoil, have been removed from the typical Cinquefoil genus, Potentilla, and moved to their own shrubby genus, Dasiphora.  The shrubby types of Cinquefoils have woody stems and therefore rate their own genus.

Yellow, five-petaled flowers

Yellow, five-petaled flowers

The leaves have 5-7 oblong leaflets.

The leaves have 5-7 oblong leaflets.

This cinquefoil is in different genus than the other cinquefoils. It has the appearance of a very small shrub.

This cinquefoil is in different genus than the other cinquefoils.
It has the appearance of a very small shrub.

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