Gold Star Potentilla

Potentilla fruticosa 'Gold Star'

Densely branched shrub valued for its beautiful display of large golden-yellow blooms in summer. Excellent as colorful border, accent or groundcover. Very tolerant to heat and poor soils. Deciduous. Full sun. Fast-growing to 2 feet tall, 3 feet wide. Cutting grown.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationpoh-ten-TIL-a froo-ti-KOH-sa
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer through Fall
Design IdeasUniquely resistant to heat and infertile soils, Gold Star is a natural candidate for drought-resistant gardens. Spreading form can be used in an irregular mass as groundcover or as single mounds of color among both shrubs and perennials. Makes a good foundation cover around building walls or along the base of fence lines. A lovely carefree filler for country garden in spots bathed in afternoon heat.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Hedge, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Pet Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Key FeatureDurable Flowering Shrub

Thrives in light, well-drained, sandy soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate dry spells. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune lightly after flowering.

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