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Common Name: Woolly Cinquefoil
Potentilla hippiana is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Western N. America - Minnesota to British Columbia, south to New Mexico and Arizona.
]. Open grassland sagebrush, often on saline soils, to juniper scabland and pine forests of the foothills and lower elevations in the mountains[
Easily grown in a well-drained loam, preferring a position in full sun but tolerating shade[
]. Prefers an alkaline soil but tolerates a slightly acid soil[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The whole plant is oxytocic, poultice and salve[
]. An infusion of the plant has been used to expedite childbirth[
]. The plant has been used as a lotion on burns and a poultice of the fresh leaves applied to injury[
]. The plant is dried, powdered and applied to sores[
Seed - sow early spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.