Shrubby fivefingers

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. March 2011.

Scientific name: Sibbaldiopsis tridentata (Aiton) Rydb; old Potentilla tridentata Aiton

Common name(s): shrubby fivefingers, three-toothed cinquefoil

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– perennial

-leaves are

  • compound
  • alternate
  • toothed

-height of 1-8 inches


-disturbed areas

-alpine zones

-mountain summits

-rocky slopes

-meadows and fields

Natural History:

-native to North America

-the name, “Three-toothed cinquefoil” comes from the three teeth at the end of each leaflet



Go Botany. “Sibbaldiopsis Tridentata (Ait.) Rydb.” Sibbaldiopsis Tridentata (Three-Toothed-Cinquefoil): Go Botany, 2021,

“Conneticut Plants .” Three-Toothed Cinquefoil Sibbaldiopsis Tridentata, Conneticut Botanical Society, Mar. 2015,