Cinquefoil

Potentilla | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

As a genus, Potentilla has about 180 species to its name, comprising annual, biennial and perennial flowering evergreen shrubs, so there is no shortage of options to fit your vision of your own garden. Also know as Cinquefoil, it usually features a deep green foliage sprinkled with small but vibrant five-petalled yellow flowers. Low growing and low maintenance, the Potentilla is at home in most soil types, from clay to rocky and can survive transplanting several times. It’s often grown as a hedgerow, offering bright, rich edging around lawns and paths. Pruning is recommended to ensure healthy growth.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.3 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Trailing
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 30 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and extended flowering period
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Neighbour repellant
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Banks and slopes
  • Hedges and screens
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years