Scientific NamePotentilla norvegica
A hardy plant reproducing by seed only, rough cinquefoil can reach heights of 90 cm tall. Stems are branching and covered with long stiff hairs.
Consist of 3 leaflets with toothed margins found on the end of long stalks leaves are hairy on both sides and decrease in size terminally.
Yellow flowers, 3 segmented compound leaves and long stiff hairs on the stem set this plant apart.
Flower Seed Head
7-12 mm across with 5 yellow petals.
Several achenes are produced by each flower and contain the light brown egg-shaped seeds.
Throughout the United States in areas where rainfall is greater than 500mm. This species prefers gardens, row crops, pastures, and roadsides.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
longer than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval