Drymocallis [Potentilla] arguta (Tall Cinquefoil)

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USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 

Where Commonly Found: Roadsides, meadows and open woods, CT (rare in western CT), MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT (rare in southern VT) – do not collect where it is rare!

How to Identify:
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for Drymocallis arguta
Wildflower Center‘s description of Drymocallis arguta.  Click on more images.
Flower Type:  White flower cluster tightly at the top of the plants, sometimes some smaller side clusters.  5 white petals, 5 light green sepals and 20 or more gold stamens with a small golden pistil in the center.  Flowers are about 3/4″ across and resemble strawberry flowers.
Flower Time:  July – August
Leaf Arrangement:  Most of the leaves are gathered at the base of the plants with a few compound leaves alternate along the stout central stem which is covered in white hairs. Overall plant appearance is light or whitish green.
Leaf Type:  Pinnate compound leaves with 3 – 11 blunt-tipped, ovate or oblong leaflets, 3″ long and 2″ across, coarsely serrated along the margins and pinnately veined.
Height: 2′-3′
Seed Collection:  Pistils that are pollinated will develop into a small head filled many small brown seeds which are enclosed in a cup of dried sepals.

Attracts:  Bees, Flies and Beneficial Insects
Use:  Naturalizing
Light:  Full Sun to Part Sun
Hardiness Zone: 4 to 8   USDA Zone Map
Soils:  Well-Drained
Notes:  Strong straight stems, dividing near the top with a long season of showy flower clusters.  Tall Cinquefoil is prone to some reseeding, so best in a naturalizing garden or meadow.   Noted as deer-resistant.
Native to  NE, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.  NOTE: Rare in Southern VT and Western CT. Biota of North America Program (BONAP) – North American Plant Atlas (NAPA).

 

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