Hoary Cinquefoil - Potentilla argentea
Short to medium downy plant with spreading or ascending stems. Leaves with five narrow, toothed or lobed leaflets, silvery white felted below. Flowers yellow, 4-5mm in terminal racemes, petals more or less same length as sepals, dense woolly hairs on upper parts of stem.
Potentilla inclinata is a non-native species that has not been recorded in VC55, but is similar, with larger petals and greyish-felted undersides to leaves; see Stace (4th edition) for other differences
White-felted leaves underneath; petals 4-5mm and about as long as sepals
Photographs showing white-felted leaves
Rocky, stony or sandy habitats and waste ground
June to September.
Widespread but local in England and southern Scotland, scarce in south western England and in Wales.
Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.
It is listed in the current Rare Plant Register (Jeeves 2011) with recent records from Croft and Mountsorrel
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