Photo courtesy of the BC Ministry of Forests

Sulphur Ciquefoil (Potentilla recta L.)

CiquefoilPerennial forb in the Rose Family. Light yellow (sulphur) flowers with 5 petals, 30-70cm tall on one to several stems growing from the rootstock. Leaves are alternate on the stem and palmately compound with 5-7 toothed leaflets on each leaf. Leaf stalks have perpendicular hairs. Roots are fibrous with lateral rhizomes. There are 27 species of Cinquefoil found in BC. Sulphur Cinquefoil has 1mm seeds that are distinct from the other Potentilla's in that they have a wrinkled appearance.


Habitat and Ecology

Sulphur Cinquefoil is found on a wide range of soils and climates but occur mainly on grasslands and dry forests in BC. It often occupies roadsides, pastures, overgrazed rangelands and disturbed areas.


It is a highly competitive plant that can dominate a site and displace native and non-native forage species. It reproduces by seed and vegetatively by roots.


Small patches can be managed by hand-digging and cultivation also manages infestations well. Please contact LRISS for all other treatment information.


Province of British Columbia. 2002. Guide to Weeds in British Columbia.

Sulphur Ciquefoil