Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood'Item #6669 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 7
An excellent dwarf shrub that will provide brilliant summer interest with masses of bright white blooms that cover the fine green foliage, long after many plants have stopped flowering. A versatile plant for use as an accent or along walkways, in borders, low hedges, and foundation plantings. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat, until established.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing, to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:poh-ten-TIL-a froo-ti-KOH-saPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing, to 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Pet Friendly, Tolerates Road Salt, WaterwiseFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:SummerFlower color:WhiteFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat, until established.
- History & LoreHistory: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.