Rocky Mountain cinquefoil (Potentilla rubricaulis) belongs to the Rosaceae (the Rose family). It is a perennial herb that is native to the Rocky Mountain states, Canada and Alaska. This herb grows in meadows, alpine slopes and rocky places with an altitude of 2,400-4,200 m. The stems are ascending to nearly erect, 15-40 cm in height. The leaves are pinnately divided, up to 10 cm long. The yellow flowers bloom from June to August. The five yellow petals of potentilla rubricaulis are narrow at the base, broad and slightly notched at the tip, and generally not overlapping. The petals have a tinge of orange at the base.