Potentilla recta

Photo: Keir Morse

Synonyms: Pentaphyllum rectum, Fragaria recta

Common names: sulphur cinquefoil; rough-fruited cinquefoil, erect cinquefoil

Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil) is a perennial forb listed as a noxious weed in several states in the western US: California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Montana. It is native to the eastern Mediterranean and has naturalized in all lower US states except for Utah and Arizona. This plant produces copious seeds, has a high germination rate, and can establish viable seed banks for up to four years. These traits enable Potentilla recta to quickly establish and persist among native communities. This plant reduces the carrying capacity for livestock and ungulate wildlife in rangelands

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: -*?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.

There are no Symposium presentations associated with this species yet.

Other Potentilla recta Information

  • Bugwood - National database from the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • GBIF - Global distribution information.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • The Plant List - Global taxonomic resource and collaborative clearinghouse from Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Missouri Botanic Garden and others.
  • Additional photos

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    Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil) leaves and stem. Photo: Keir Morse
    Potentilla recta_flower_KeirMorse
    Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil) flower. Photo: Keir Morse
    Potentilla recta_leaf_KeirMorse
    Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil) leaf. Photo: Keir Morse
    Potentilla recta_growth habit_KeirMorse
    Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil) growth habit. Photo: Keir Morse
    Potentilla recta_seed_JeanPawek
    Potentilla recta (sulphur cinquefoil) seed. Photo: Jean Pawek