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  • Prairie Cinquefoil

    SCIENTIFIC NAME: Drymocallis arguta (Potentilla argura)

    COMMON NAMES: Prairie Cinquefoil, Potentilla Arguta, Tall Cinquefoil, White Cinquefoil

    BLOOM TIME: June, July

    credit: Ron Kapala


    • Single stem plant up 1 to 3 ft. tall.
    • Fine hairs cover stems & leaves, causing a grey color.
    • Individual flowers have 5 creamy white petals & yellow center.
    • 2 to 6 tightly packed flowers top tip of stems.
    • Native Americans used the whole plant including
    • root for tea, or applied to skin to stop bleeding.
    • Native Americans also used the tea for diarrhea &
    • dysentery.


    • The seeds of cinquefoils are eaten in small amounts by the Deer Mouse and possibly other small rodents.