Sulphur Cinquefoil - Potentilla recta


    Short to medium, stiffly erect, hairy plant. Leaves finger-like with 5 to 7 oblong, coarsely toothed to pinnately lobed leaflets which are grey or greyish. Flowers pale yellow, 15 to 25 mm, in lax, branched clusters. Petals equalling, or slightly longer than the sepals.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Dry grassy and waste habitats, disturbed ground, banks and field margins.

    When to see it

    Flowers June to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but infrequent and local in many parts of Britain.

    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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