Drymocallis arguta

Common name: Prairie Cinquefoil

Native plant

The stigma of cinquefoils among gardeners is that they spread throughout areas they may not be wanted. Prairie cinquefoil is different. It tends to form small colonies and stay "home" to some degree. In nature it is normally found in higher quality areas of prairie. The unique look of this plant with its felty leaves and creamy flowers add a comfortable feeling to any natural planting. Plus it doesn't hurt that bees and butterflies love to visit the flowers.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Eastern Exposure / Morning Sun, Full Sun, High Canopy Shade (Usually from oaks), Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils, Savannas

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
2 Feet
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
3 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Butterfly host plant Drought Resistant Pollinator hot spot

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