Potentilla simplex Michx.
Coefficient of Conservatism: 2
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Usually in dry open sandy forests, with oak, hickory, aspen, sassafras, and/or jack pine; fields, roadsides, and sandy barren ground; also in moist thickets and deciduous forests, and on rocky ledges.

This is our commonest species with solitary flowers and palmately compound leaves but is very similar to the much less common P. canadensis L. Typically in P. simplex the stem is initially ± erect, ca. 1 mm thick or thicker. The stem as it elongates becomes ± arching and essentially stoloniferous. Potentilla canadensis is a more delicate plant, the stems less than 1 mm thick (often ca. 0.5 mm) and ± prostrate from the beginning. The cauline (stolon) leaves are less than half grown at flowering time in P. canadensis, as it flowers early, sometimes before the stem elongates.


Alcona County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Baraga County
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Berrien County
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Calhoun County
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Charlevoix County
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    Including Isle Royale
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    Including Manitou Islands
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Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. January 26, 2021. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2513.