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Potentilla flabellifolia
About Fan-foil (Potentilla flabellifolia) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Potentilla flabellifolia is a species of cinquefoil known by the common names high mountain cinquefoil, fanleaf cinquefoil and fan-foil. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to Wyoming, where it grows in higher elevation mountainous habitat, such as summertime meadows. It produces one or more erect stems from a branching caudex and system of rhizomes. It grows 10 to 30 centimeters tall, and is slightly hairy to nearly hairless. The leaves are ternate, divided into three leaflets. The basal leaves are largest, borne on long petioles. Each has oval leaflets up to 3 centimeters long which are deeply cut into blunt teeth. Smaller leaves occur higher on the stem. The inflorescence is a cyme of one or more flowers. The flower has usually five yellow petals up to a centimeter long on a calyx of pointed sepals and narrower pointed bractlets.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

4 - 11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 23.6" - 119.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.29" - 4.10", Coldest Month: 19.9" - 50.4", Hottest Month: 40.8" - 75.0", Humidity: 0.75" - 22.90", Elevation: 112" - 12863"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Fanleaf Cinquefoil, High Mountain Cinquefoil, Mount Rainier Cinquefoil

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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