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

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