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Blue-leaved Cinquefoil - Potentilla glaucophylla
Other Names:  Potentilla diversifolia, Potentilla diversifolia var. glaucophylla, Potentilla diversifolia var. perdissecta, Potentilla glaucophylla var. perdissecta, Potentilla glaucophylla var. glaucophylla

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
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General Description
Perennial from a branched caudex. Stems ascending to nearly prostrate, sparsely hairy (rarely sericeous), 10–40 cm. Leaf blades cordate-orbicular to ovate, palmately (rarely pinnately) divided into 5 to 7 oblong, toothed to lobed, glabrous to sparsely hairy, usually glaucous leaflets, 1–3 cm long. Inflorescence an open, sericeous cyme with spreading branches. Flowers: sepals narrowly deltoid, 3–6 mm long; bracteoles narrower and shorter; petals yellow, 6–9 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Lesica (2012) treats this species as P. glaucophylla. In Montana our varieties are glaucophylla and divisa Rydb.

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
YT to SK south to CA, UT and NM (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 671

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    • Joslin, G.J. 1975. Behavior and environmental selection by Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni) during surrmer and fall in the First and Second Yellow Mule drainages, Madison County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University, Bozeman. 65 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Pallister, G.L. 1974. The seasonal distribution and range use of bighorn sheep in the Beartooth Mountains, with special reference to the West Rosebud and Stillwater herds. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 67 p.
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