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This is a native species.

Drymocallis convallaria
Drymocallis arguta
Drymocallis arguta
Drymocallis convallaria.  Synonym: Potentilla arguta, Drymocallis arguta. (Cream Woodbeauty)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Montane, subalpine. Meadows. Summer.
Above: Near Ferris Reservoir, June 3, 2024 and Near Narraguinnep Natural Area, San Juan National Forest, June 11, 2021.
Left: Turkey Spring Trail, June 26, 2007.

This wildflower with white or creamy-yellow petals is found in dry to moderately moist meadows. Stems are 5-30 inches tall and usually unbranched and leaves are serrated and broken into five to seven leaflets. Leaflets are similar to the very common, yellow-flowered Potentilla pulcherrima, but the overall leaf shape is ladder-like whereas P. pulcherrima leaves are palmate. 

D. convallaria is not a common plant and it is even more difficult to find because it often grows in tall grasses, as the photographs at left show.

"Drymocallis" is Greek for "woodland trail". "Arguta", "sharply-toothed", refers to the leaves. "Convallaria" is Latin for "valley".

Linnaeus named the Potentilla genus in 1753. Per Axel Rydberg named this species Potentilla convallaria in 1897 from a specimen collected by J. H. Flodman in 1896 in the Gallatin Valley near Bozeman, Montana. Rydberg renamed the species Drymocallis convallaria in 1898.

See Potentillas and Geum aleppicum and Geum macrophyllum for similar Rosaceae species.

Drymocallis arguta
Drymocallis convallaria.  Synonym: Potentilla arguta, Drymocallis arguta. (Cream Woodbeauty)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Montane, subalpine. Meadows. Summer.
Turkey Spring Trail, June 26, 2007.

When you finish keying a plant it commonly happens that some details do not quite fit your mystery species, but you feel you have arrived at the best choice from all the species shown. That is what will happen when you key the species shown on this page using almost all of the floras that cover the Four Corners region. That is what happened to me when I first keyed this species and arrived at Drymocallis arguta as the identification.

But if you use the Flora of North America, the species shown on this page keys to Drymocallis convallaria. The problem is that Colorado Flora, Flora of Colorado, and Flora of the Four Corners Region do not include D. convallaria. Using any of these floras, our plants key to D. arguta.

John Kartesz, ultimate authority for all plant names on this website, agrees with the FNA and indicates that D. arguta does not exist in the Four Corners area. Our Drymocallis species is D. convallaria. See the maps below.

Drymocallis arguta
Drymocallis convallaria.  Synonym: Potentilla arguta, Drymocallis arguta.  (Cream Woodbeauty)
Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Montane, subalpine. Meadows. Summer.
Near Narraguinnep Natural Area, San Juan National Forest, June 11, 2021.

Glandular, i.e., sticky, hairs glisten on sepals, stems, and leaves.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Drymocallis arguta

Range map for Drymocallis arguta  

Drymocallis convallaria

Range map for Drymocallis convallaria