Hoary Cinquefoil - Potentilla argentea


    Short to medium downy plant with spreading or ascending stems. Leaves with five narrow, deeply toothed or lobed leaflets – deep green above, silvery white felted below. Flowers yellow, 10 to 12mm, numerous in branched clusters.

    Identification difficulty

    Rocky, stony and grassy habitats and favouring limestone.

    When to see it

    June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but local in England and southern Scotland, scarce in south western England and in Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

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