Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Sulphur Cinquefoil - Potentilla recta   L.
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DistributionThroughout the state; possibly in every county.

Native of Eurasia and north Africa; in N.A. throughout except the Far North.
AbundanceFrequent to common in most portions of the state; common in the Mountains.
HabitatFields, meadows, roadsides, pastures, fallow fields, disturbed areas. Avoids dry sandy soils.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-August.
IdentificationSulphur Cinquefoil is one of those favorite plants that folks think of as native. Stems are erect and up to 2 feet tall, hairy, with well-spaced 5-fingered leaves. The flowers are large for this genus, pale yellow -- as opposed to bright yellow in nearly all other NC members of the genus.
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B.A. SorrieRoadside, Hoffman, May 2010. RichmondPhoto_non_natural
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