Page author: David Giblin
Potentilla douglasii

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to Idaho, Nevada, and Wyoming.

Habitat: Damp meadows to open forest and rocky slopes at middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Herbaceous perennial from a taproot, the several stems 1.5-6 dm. tall.


Basal leaves several, up to 2 dm. long, pinnate, the 11-19 leaflets 1-2 cm. long, variously lobed, toothed or cleft; cauline leaves much reduced upward, with large, several-lobed stipules.


Inflorescence a congested, terminal cluster; calyx cup-shaped, reddish-tinged, the 5 lobes triangular, 2-4.5 mm. long; petals 5, white to pink, obovate with a shallow terminal indentation, 2.5-6 mm. long; stamens 10; pistils up to 25, the style twice as long as the ovary.


Achenes about 2 mm. long, smooth.

Accepted Name:
Potentilla douglasii Greene

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Horkelia fusca Lindl.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Potentilla douglasii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Potentilla douglasii checklist entry

OregonFlora: Potentilla douglasii information

E-Flora BC: Potentilla douglasii atlas page

CalPhotos: Potentilla douglasii photos

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