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Potentilla simplex

Common Names: Common Cinquefoil,
Potentilla simplex
Potentilla simplex

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Potentilla
Species: Potentilla simplex

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

The common cinquefoil is a yellow flower that is 1/2 inches in length, with five petals. It contains serrated leaves that grow from a seperate stalk from the flower and in groups of five.

Habitat & Range

The common cinquefoil can be found in fields and dry woods throughout eastern North America.


The flower produces nectar and pollen that attracts many small bees and flies.

Life Cycle

The common cinquefoil blooms from spring to mid-summer between the months of April-June.

Featured image by James Dake.


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