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Silvery Cinquefoil - Potentilla argentea
Other Names:  Silver Cinquefoil

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Perennial from a woody, branched caudex. Stems ascending, sericeous and hirsute, 10–30 cm. Leaf blades suborbicular, palmately divided into 5 to 9 oblanceolate, lobed leaflets, 1–2 cm long, white-tomentose beneath, deep green and sparsely hairy above with inrolled margins. Inflorescence a hemispheric cyme. Flowers: sepals ovate, 2–3 mm long; bracteoles ca. as long; petals yellow, 2–4 mm long. Achenes wrinkled, < 1 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Introduced to much of north-temperate North America; native to Europe (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 243

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Often compacted soil of roadsides, trails, pastures, around lakes, habitations; valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Grove, A.J. 1998. Effects of Douglas fir establishment in southwestern Montana mountain big sagebrush communities. M. Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 150 p.
    • Johnson, T. W. 1982. An analysis of pack and saddle stock grazing areas in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. M.Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 105 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Simanonok, M. 2018. Plant-pollinator network assembly after wildfire. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 123 p.
    • Stoecker, R.E. 1967. A population study of five species of small rodents in the Bridger Mountains of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 32 p.
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