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Plant Name:

Shrubby Cinquefoil

Scientific Name:

Dasiphora fruticosa (formerly Potentilla fruticosa)


A deciduous shrub with showy yellow flowers and small, silvery leaves.


Native to northern regions of North America and Eurasia, and often found in rocky or sandy soils in open woodlands, meadows, and along stream banks.


Shrubby Cinquefoil provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including bees and butterflies who are attracted to the plant's flowers for nectar, and birds who may use the plant for cover and nesting.

Growing Conditions:

Prefers well-drained soil and full sun. Drought-tolerant once established.


Often used as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes. The plant's leaves have been used for medicinal purposes.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Young leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked

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Fun Facts:

Shrubby Cinquefoil is also known as "shrubby fivefingers" or "tundra rose".

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