Sulphur Cinquefoil
Scientific Name: Potentilla recta
Also Known As: Cinquefoil
Weed Family: Roseaceae


Sulphur cinquefoil is an upright growing perennial. It can reach heights of 1 to 2-feet. The stems are stiff and usually number 1 to 3 per plant. The leaves alternate on the stems. Leaves are palmatey divided, usually with 5 leaflets. The leaflets are oblanceolate in shape with toothed margins. Sulphur cinquefoil has a fibrous root system. Sulphur cinquefoil reproduces by seed. It flowers in late spring to through early summer. The flowers are sulphur yellow in color with 5 heart shaped petals. Sulphur cinquefoil is found through the northeastern quarter of the United States.

Herbicide Use

Make your post-emergence herbicide application to cinquefoil that is actively growing and in the rosette to flower stage of growth.


Germination Dates

Zone-3: September-OctoberZone-4: OctoberZone-5: OctoberZone-6: NovemberZone-7: November