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Scarlet Cinquefoil

Potentilla thurberi

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate-high
Sun Partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1-3' × 1-2'
Freeze Tolerant Yes
Flowering Season July-September
Flower Color Scarlet with a dark red interior
Minimum Temperature Range -45 °F
Leaf Description Hand shaped (palmate) with 5 to 7 leaflets, concentrated near the base of the plant (basal).
Fruit Small achenes (dry single seeded fruit)
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Elevation Range 5000-9000 ft.
Description Scarlet cinquefoil is a wildflower found along streams and wet areas in central and eastern Arizona around Flagstaff, Sedona, Pinetop, and in to the Gila NF in New Mexico. The showy scarlet red blooms borne on top of tall stalks make this one of the most striking flowers in the cooler parts of Arizona. This species will benefit from partial shade and reliable moisture throughout the warm months. Plant with other cold tolerant flowers such as columbine (Aquelegia spp.), coral bells (Heuchera sanguinea), and blue flax (Linum lewisii).