Taxon  Report   6830    
Potentilla biennis  Greene
Biennial cinquefoil
Potentilla biennis
© 2016 John Doyen
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Potentilla biennis
© 2015 Dylan Neubauer
Potentilla biennis
© 2010 Mary Winter
Potentilla biennis, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Potentilla biennis
© 2016 John Doyen
Family: ROSACEAE  
Genus: Potentilla
Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

More information about  Potentilla biennis
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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website references from Google

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 20, 2019).