Stems: erect, stout, simple below. Leaves: seven-to-eleven foliolate; leaflets ovate, obtuse at the apex, - the terminal one cuneate, the others rounded at the base. Flowers: cyme strict, close; calyx densely pubescent.

Cinquefoils are very numerous in the mountain regions, and somewhat resemble buttercups. The Tall Cinque foil is a fine showy plant, its white flowers growing in a cluster and having five petals; the stalks are hairy and have many leaves growing up them. All the other Cinquefoils have yellow flowers except P. palustris, which has purple ones.