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Prairie Cinquefoil

Scientific name

Drymocallis arguta


The Prairie Cinquefoil is a perennial wildflower species that can grow up to 1 m in height. This plant may also be known by the common names: White Cinquefoil or Tall Cinquefoil. The leaves are mostly basal, oval shaped, hairy, coarsely toothed, and are compound with 7-11 leaflets. The flowers are cream to whitish yellow colored, have five petals with five pointed green sepals between each petal, have yellow centers, appear in clusters of 2-6 on flowing stems, and bloom from June to September. The flowers are attractive to pollinator species, like bees and butterflies.

Planting conditions

Prairie Cinquefoil grows best in dry to normal conditions with full or partial sun exposure. It prefers well-drained soil but can grow in a variety of soil types, including clay. It is drought tolerant but young plants should be watered occasionally during hot summers. This wildflower can be naturally found in dry meadows, prairies, open forests, forest edges, and roadsides.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 2a
    • 2b
    • 3a
    • 3b
    • 4a
    • 4b
    • 5a
    • 5b
    • 6a
    • 6b
    • 7a
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 1 m
  • Spread:
    • 0.5 m