Drymocallis convallaria

(Creamy Cinquefoil)

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Drymocallis convallaria, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4031

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Drymocallis convallaria, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4042

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Drymocallis convallaria, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4035

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Drymocallis convallaria, Booth Falls Trail, Eagle Co. 4036

Scientific Name Drymocallis convallaria (Potentilla convallaria, Drymocallis arguta ssp. convallaria) USDA PLANTS Symbol DRCO4
Common Name Creamy Cinquefoil ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 836714
Family Rosaceae (Rose) Flora of North America Ref. Click Here
Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine (8000 to 11500 ft.); dry to seasonally moist meadows, open forests, sagebrush and grassy rocky slopes.
Plant: Erect perennial with tall, usually unbranched stems 16 to 36 inches high (plant in photos is about 2 feet tall). Glandular (sticky) hairs overall.
Leaves: Mostly basal leaves, pinnately-compound with 3 to 9 elliptic-obovate hairy leaflets; terminal leaflet up to 2 inches long, smaller nearer stem; toothed edges.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 10 to 40 sticky buds, with usually one or a few in bloom at any time; strawberry-like blossoms about 3/4-inch across with 5 white or creamy-white rounded petals; 5 pointed green sepals about the same length as petals; 20 or more yellow stamens and yellow domed center.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: Flora of North America and American Southwest.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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