Field Guide to Noxious and Other Selected Weeds of British Columbia

Sulphur Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)


  • Regional Noxious Weed

  • introduced long-lived taprooted perennial in the Rose Family with hairy stems growing from 0.3 to 0.8 metres tall; leaves divided into 5 to 7 hairy leaflets in palmate fashion; pale yellow flowers have 5 heart-shaped petals around a bright yellow centre

  • one of over 20 cinquefoils in B.C., most of which are native

  • can produce over 1600 seeds per plant

  • often confused with the native graceful cinquefoil (Potentilla gracilis) which is shorter and has white wooly hair on the undersurface of leaves
Sulphur coloured flowers

Photo courtesy BC Ministry of Forests

Palmate leaf with 5 to 7 leaflets

More information on sulphur cinquefoil - (Weeds BC)
Sulphur cinquefoil - integrated weed management (PDF format)
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