Potentilla glandulosa

Sticky Cinquefoil

Upright, with hairs ending in noticeably sticky glands. Basal leaves pinnately divided into 5–9 widely oval leaflets, the end leaflet the largest, teeth cutting a quarter to half of the way to midvein. Leaves on flowering stems smaller. Flowers 2–30 in loose cluster with leaf-like bracts. Petals oval, yellow to cream, varying in length from slightly shorter to slightly longer than sepals. Grows in open woods, meadows, hillsides, rocky places, below 10,000 ft. Subsp. ashlandica is less than 8 in. tall, petals yellow, with or without glands, more than 10 teeth on leaflets; grows from California to southern Oregon. Subsp. nevadensis, with cream flowers, is nonglandular. Subsp. pseudorupestris, 2–7 in., has fewer than 10 teeth on leaflet, glands on upper plant, with cream to pale yellow petals. Subsp. glandulosa is densely glandular, cream to pale yellow, with leafy bracts.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 1--3 feet
  • Habitat: Meadow, West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Alpine, Subalpine
  • Found In: Steens, Wallowas, Crater Lake Np, Olympic Np, Mt. Rainier Np, East Gorge, Siskiyous, N Cascades Np
  • Native: Yes