|Close-up of a yellow Cinquefoil flower|
Cinquefoils belong to the Rose family (Rosaceae). The Cinquefoil in these photos -- exact species uncertain -- grows low to the ground. Other species have stems that may be more than a foot tall. In some areas Cinquefoils are considered to be noxious weeds, invading gardens and agricultural fields. To hikers in the high Rockies, these Cinquefoils are seen simply as delightful yellow wildflowers.
|Yellow Cinquefoil growing in Rocky Mountain National Park|