Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Potentilla arguta Pursh subsp. arguta image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

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Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot

Paul Drobot
Family Rosaceae
Potentilla arguta Pursh subsp. arguta
prairie cinquefoil, tall cinquefoil, tall potentilla
Potentilla: comes from the Latin diminutive of potens meaning "powerful" in reference to the medicinal properties of some species
arguta: Latin for "sharp" referring to sharp teeth on leaf margins
County distribution map- click for detailed distribution maps.
Detailed Distribution:
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 12"-40" tall forb, covered with fine brownish hairs, unbranched to the inflorescence
Flower: whitish to yellow, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, petals slightly longer than the sepals; inflorescence a branched, tight cluster (cyme); blooms June-July
Fruit:dry seed
Leaf:pinnately-divided; basal leaves long-stalked and with 7-11 leaflets; upper leaves with usually only 5 leaflets
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; woods, prairies

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Potentilla list Google- Images or Text
Drymocallis agrimonioides (Pursh) Rydb.
Drymocallis arguta (Pursh) Rydb.
Geum agrimonioides Pursh
Potentilla arguta Pursh var. arguta

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