spring or fall
2' to 4'
full sun to partial shade
average to rich, well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH; drought tolerant
early summer to fall
yellow, orange, pink and red buttercup-like flowers depending on variety
green leaves densely set on branches.
seeds, cuttings (late spring/early summer) or division (fall/spring)
borders, shrubby ground cover, low growing hedges, rock gardens and mass displays
Start from seeds by sowing in containers in a cold frame during the fall or spring. Starting in early summer and producing less toward fall, these low-growing plants flower longer over the course of a season than most other shrubs. They prefer lots of sunshine and will thrive in any soil as long as it drains well.
The name "Cinquefoil" means "five leaves, " although the number of leaves on a stem actually varies from three to seven.
You have pictured the potentilla that is a perennial, the low growing potentilla sterilis, the barren strawberry. This plant does grow in my garden, has strawberry type leaves and comes back each spring. Mine has little pink strawberry type flowers.
The potentilla that is a shrub that grows 2 - 4 feet has totally different leaves and is not a perennial, rather a shrub.
Thank you for pointing out the fact I posted the wrong picture! I'll see that it gets corrected ASAP.
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