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Russian Cinquefoil

Potentilla intermedia

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Waxy Lady's-mantle, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Life Cycle:
Annual or Perennial
Maximum Size:
15 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, wasteland.

Yellow, 5 petals
The flowers are bright yellow and appear in loose clusters. Similar to Trefoil Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica) but with slightly larger flowers.
The fruit is an achene.
A short-lived perennial flower with leaves divided in to 3. The lower leaves are divided in to 5. Leaflets are toothed.
Other Names:
Intermediate Cinquefoil.
Frequency (UK):

Similar Species

Other Information


Potentilla intermedia, also known as intermediate cinquefoil, is a species of flowering plant in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is native to Europe and Asia, and has been introduced to other parts of the world as an ornamental plant. It is a perennial herb with small, yellow flowers that bloom from spring to fall. The leaves are divided into five leaflets and are hairy and dark green in color. Potentilla intermedia grows to a height of about 30 cm (12 inches) and has a branching habit, with stems that are rough or hairy to the touch. It is tolerant of a range of soil conditions and can be grown in sunny to partially shaded areas. It is also resistant to deer and rabbits. Potentilla intermedia is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens and is also used in landscaping and erosion control.


Russian Cinquefoil (Potentilla intermedia) is a hardy, low-growing plant species that is native to the northern regions of Eurasia and North America. With its beautiful yellow flowers and low-maintenance growing requirements, this plant has become a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers alike.

The Russian Cinquefoil is a herbaceous perennial that grows to a height of about 10 to 15 cm. It is a low-growing plant with a spreading habit, and its leaves are lobed and deeply divided, giving it a soft and ferny appearance. In the summer, the plant produces bright yellow flowers that are 2-3 cm in diameter. These flowers are attractive to a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, and are a great source of nectar for these important insects.

This plant is well adapted to the harsh conditions of its native habitat, and as a result, it is highly resistant to cold and drought. It is able to thrive in a range of soil types, from sand to clay, and it can grow in both full sun and partial shade. Russian Cinquefoil is also resistant to a number of pests and diseases, making it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners.

One of the benefits of growing Russian Cinquefoil is that it is an excellent plant for wildlife habitat. The nectar-rich flowers provide a source of food for pollinators, while the dense foliage provides cover and nesting sites for birds and other small animals. Additionally, Russian Cinquefoil is a great choice for erosion control, as it forms a dense mat of roots that helps to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.

In addition to its ornamental qualities, Russian Cinquefoil is also highly valued for its medicinal properties. Its leaves and stems contain a range of active compounds that have been used for centuries to treat a variety of health conditions, including skin rashes, wounds, and digestive disorders.

Russian Cinquefoil is a versatile and hardy plant that is well-suited to a range of growing conditions. With its low-maintenance requirements, its attractive yellow flowers, and its benefits for wildlife, it is a great choice for gardeners, landscapers, and anyone looking for a beautiful and functional plant for their outdoor space.

Russian Cinquefoil is a plant species with a long history of use in traditional medicine. In the past, it was used to treat a range of ailments, including wounds, rashes, and digestive problems. It is believed that the active compounds in the plant, such as tannins, flavonoids, and phenolic acids, are responsible for its medicinal properties.

In modern times, Russian Cinquefoil is still used in traditional medicine in some parts of the world. It is considered a safe and effective treatment for various skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. It is also used to treat digestive problems, such as indigestion and stomach pain.

In addition to its medicinal properties, Russian Cinquefoil is also used in cooking and baking. The leaves and stems of the plant can be used fresh or dried, and they have a slightly tart flavor that is similar to rhubarb. They are often used to make teas, jams, and sauces, and they can also be added to baked goods and salads.

Russian Cinquefoil is relatively easy to grow and maintain, making it a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade, and it is highly resistant to both cold and drought. It can be propagated by seed or division, and it is a low-maintenance plant that does not require much care once established.

Russian Cinquefoil is a versatile and hardy plant that is highly valued for its ornamental qualities, medicinal properties, and culinary uses. Whether you are a gardener, a traditional medicine practitioner, or a food lover, this plant is well worth considering for your outdoor space or kitchen.

In addition to its ornamental, medicinal, and culinary uses, Russian Cinquefoil is also an important plant in the ecosystem. It is a key food source for pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, and it provides habitat for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, insects, and small mammals.

Russian Cinquefoil is a valuable plant for wildlife habitat because it provides cover and nesting sites for wildlife, as well as food for pollinators. The dense foliage of the plant forms a low-growing mat that can help to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion, making it a great choice for erosion control. Additionally, the yellow flowers of the plant provide a source of nectar for pollinators, and the leaves and stems are a source of food for caterpillars and other insects.


Russian Cinquefoil is not only a beautiful and functional plant for gardens and landscaping, but also an important part of the ecosystem. With its low-maintenance requirements, attractive yellow flowers, and benefits for wildlife, it is a great choice for anyone who wants to create a sustainable and thriving outdoor space. Whether you are a gardener, a traditional medicine practitioner, a cook, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty and importance of nature, Russian Cinquefoil is a plant that is well worth considering.

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