Alpine Cinquefoil

Potentilla neumanniana | Also known as: Spring Cinquefoil, Spotted Cinquefoil | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Sometimes the simplest plants make the biggest impression, and the Potentilla neumanniana is a perfect example. Also known as the Alpine Cinquefoil or Spring Cinquefoil, this delicate-looking low-growing shrub can spread out quickly, creating a carpet of green sprinkled with butter-yellow, with the flowers seeming to nestle on the foliage due to their low stems. Its shallow roots make it ideal for marginal areas of a garden, around patios, rockies and verges that may be too narrow to accommodate larger plants. But they can also brighten up a hanging basket or add a playful contrast as groundcover around more serious bushes and shrubs.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 5 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 6
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Spreading
  • Weeping
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and extended flowering period
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Banks and slopes
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years
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Himalayan cinquefoil

PLANTS Potentilla atrosanguinea var. argyrophylla | -29°C - -7°C beginner Full sun

A small and very pretty deciduous flowering perennial, potentilla atrosanguinea var. argyrophylla brings a refreshing splash of colour to a summer garden. Commonly known as the Himalayan cinquefoil, its foliage looks wirey and unkempt, but comprises palmate, dark green leaves, each with usually three severely serrated, hairy, ovate leaflets. From summer to mid-autumn, its erect, branching stems produce small, saucer-shaped blossoms, usually orange-yellow with dark centres and sporting five slightly lobed petals. The Himalayan cinquefoil prefers cool temperatures, and moist but well-drained loamy or sandy soil. It is ideally suited to rockeries, beds and borders, and does very well in coastal locations. Pruning after flowering can be beneficial.

Cinquefoil

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A clump-forming deciduous perennial, potentilla eriocarpa has as wiry a network of branched stems as many in this genus, but its compact dark green foliage gives it a more manicured appearance. Commonly known as simply cinquefoil, it has palmate leaves, each with usually three lance-shaped leaflets. In summer, it produces erect floral stems on which loose clusters of bright yellow, saucer-like blossoms grow. Typically, these flowers have five slightly lobed petals, around a deep yellow or orange centre. Though small, cinquefoil is excellent for groundcover, while its equally at home in rockeries and gravel beds. Grow in well-drained, loamy or sandy soil in full sun. Pruning to ground level in spring encourages growth.

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Abbotswood'

PLANTS Potentilla fruticosa 'Abbotswood' | -40°C - -12°C beginner Full sun

Potentilla fruticosa or Shrubby Cinquefoil is a compact shrub with flowers rather like buttercups. The yellow flowers grow in abundance putting on a good display throughout the summer and well into the autumn. It will grow up to 4 feet in height with a spread of up to 5 feet. It's very easy to grow, will tolerate most types of soil and it's pretty drought tolerant too, so if you forget to water it, it won't be too much of a problem. It's also very hardy over winter so it won't need any extra protection. A very low maintenance plant. You'll get the most flowers if you plant it in moist, well-drained soil, and you'll get the most vibrant colour if you plant it in a partially shady spot.

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Beesii'

PLANTS Potentilla fruticosa 'Beesii' | -40°C - -7°C beginner Full sun

Potentilla fruticosa or Shrubby Cinquefoil is a compact shrub with flowers rather like buttercups. The yellow flowers grow in abundance putting on a good display throughout the summer and well into the autumn. It will grow up to 4 feet in height with a spread of up to 5 feet. It's very easy to grow, will tolerate most types of soil and it's pretty drought tolerant too, so if you forget to water it, it won't be too much of a problem. It's also very hardy over winter so it won't need any extra protection. A very low maintenance plant. You'll get the most flowers if you plant it in moist, well-drained soil, and you'll get the most vibrant colour if you plant it in a partially shady spot.

Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Chelsea Star'

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Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Coronation Triumph'

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Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Daydawn'

PLANTS Potentilla fruticosa 'Daydawn' | -40°C - -7°C beginner Full sun

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