Dwarf cinquefoil, or Potentilla canadensis is found from Canada to North and South Carolina to Missouri. It is a diminutive and tidy species of the forest floor, dry flats and slopes, in lawns, pastures, roadsides, cherty slopes, dry meadows, and edges of oak and conifer woodlands, often on acidic or poor soil. It can be found at elevations fro sea level to 3,000 feet.
Flowering time is late March to early June, and foliage can often be found all winter.
Pollinators can include mason bees, small carpenter bees, cuckoo bees, halictid bees, syrphid flies, tachinid flies, blow flies, and others.