• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat, until established.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing, to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:poh-ten-TIL-a froo-ti-KOH-sa
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing, to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design IdeasUse as a fast-growing shrub for hot, dry places in the garden. Grow in the perennial border at middle to rear location. Small enough for edging or an informal hedge. Particularly lovely for adding late-summer color to moonlight or all-white gardens. An ideal foundation plant for under low picture windows in front yards. Potentilla is a most resilient plant for adding zest to drought-resistant gardens or for that cheerful rangy quality so loved in country or cottage gardens.
    Companion PlantsSwitch Grass (Panicum); Weigela (Weigela); Catmint (Nepeta); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Spirea (Spiraea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in light, average to poor, well-drained soils. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Water deeply, less frequently when established; tolerates some drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: early spring, before new growth begins; prune out oldest stems. leggy plants may be pruned to ground for a new flush of dense growth.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat, until established.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The genus Potentilla, commonly known as cinquefoil (five-leaflets) is classified in the rose family with flowers that resemble those of a 5 petal wild rose. It includes over 500 different species of shrubs and herbaceous plants. The genus was classified by Linnaeus in the 18th century, the name derived from the Latin potens, which means powerful, as the European species were considered potent medicinal plants. This species is native to much of Canada, New England and cold mountains from coast to coast. This species and its cultivars encompasses most of the cultivated plants in the genus. There was an effort to reclassify the plant in its own genus Daisphora fruticosa by Per Axel Rydberg, 1860-1931 of the New York Botanical Garden.

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