Sulphur Cinquefoil is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in verges and waste ground, to a mature height of up to 80cm.
Sulphur Cinquefoil, thought to originate from the Mediterranean, was introduced into the UK by the mid-seventeenth century. The plant is named after the intense sulphur-yellow colour of its flowers and the name 'Cinquefoil' means 'five-leaved'. Sulphur Cinquefoil has palm-shaped leaves with five to seven leaflets. It is an erect hairy plant and bears its flowers in clusters at the top of the stem.
Botanic classification and naming: Sulphur Cinquefoil is a member of the Rose (Rosaceae) family. The genus name
'Potentilla' identifies the plant as a Cinquefoil and its species name 'recta' means 'erect plant'.
Benefits: Pollinated by several bee species including the Honey bee.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.