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.

Similar Species

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

Identification difficulty
ID guidance

White-felted leaves underneath; petals 4-5mm and about as long as sepals

Recording advice

Photographs showing white-felted leaves


Rocky, stony or sandy habitats and waste ground

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.

It is listed in the current Rare Plant Register (Jeeves 2011) with recent records from Croft and Mountsorrel

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map