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Potentilla biennis

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Species Name: Potentilla biennis
Common Name: Biennial Cinquefoil

Good, summer blooming ground cover for higher elevations. Shade from midday and afternoon sun in hot gardens. Likes moist areas.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Annual or biennial
Height by Width: 8-28" H x spreading
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Coast: full sun; Inland: part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 9800'
Flower Season: May - October
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: High Sierra Nevada, Transverse Ranges, Great Basin Floristic Province, Desert Mountains.
Natural Habitat: Moist shores between 4500 and 9800 feet.

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