Mar. 5, 2018

shrubby cinquefoil, Dasiphora fruticosa

Shrubby cinquefoil is a fen indicator. It only grows in fens. You could almost say it's a pH indicator. Its roots will always be in damp basic water. Well, at least that used to be true. Now it has become a popular landscape shrub. I'm not sure how it came to be happy growing in front of Cracker Barrel, but it's not at all unusual growing in such places these days. There it might even have white or pink flowers. The flowers are a little less than an inch across. Shrubby cinquefoil is native to northern fens and mountain meadows around the world. Here it is in AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, IA(T), ID, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA(E), SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, every province except PE, and on SPM. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 6/10/11.