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Sulfur Cinquefoil (Rough-fruited Cinquefoil)
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There are around a dozen species of cinquefoil in Connecticut. Sulfur cinquefoil can be identified by its pale yellow flowers. This plant is an alien in Connecticut; it is native to Europe and northern Asia. Sulfur cinquefoil is a serious weed in rangelands in Midwestern United States. Livestock seldom eat it, so it out-competes other plants.

• Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
• Habitat: roadsides, fields
• Height: 1-2 feet
• Flower size: 3/4 inch across
• Flower color: light yellow
• Flowering time: June to August
• Origin: Europe, north Asia

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Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.