The pinnate leaves of potentilla hippiana
have toothed edges with silky hairy tips, and similarly silvery hairs on the undersurface; the upper surfaces are mostly hairless. Leaflets tend to fold up somewhat at the edges. Leaves have one terminal leaflet, and typically 4 or 5 pairs of oppositely-arranged leaflets lower down the stalk. Flowers are about half an inch in diameter; they have five yellow, generally non-overlapping petals separated by pointed, hairy green sepals, while at the center are a group of styles surrounded by a ring of stamens, topped by anthers that become brown as they mature. Flowers are borne in small clusters at the end of hairy, reddish stems. This species inhabits a wide range of elevations, habitats and geographical locations.