Rough cinquefoil

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.

Scientific name: Potentilla norvegica  L.

Common name(s): rough cinquefoil, Norwegian cinquefoil

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– annual

-native and introduced species

-can reach up to 1-3 feet in height

-leaves are

  • compound
  • alternate
  • toothded

– may be confused with P. recta; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-disturbed areas

-meadows and fields

-shores of rivers



Go Botany. “Potentilla Norvegica L.” Potentilla Norvegica (Norwegian Cinquefoil): Go Botany, 2020,