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Growing Cinquefoil (Bush)

Category Shrubs
Cinquefoil, also known and portentilla, is a great addition to your garden. This is a guide about growing cinquefoil (bush).
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February 22, 2006

Botanical Name:

Potentilla

Life Cycle:

perennial

Planting Time:

spring or fall

Height:

2' to 4'

Exposure:

full sun to partial shade

Soil:

average to rich, well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH; drought tolerant

Hardiness:

zones 3 to 9 (except Florida and Gulf Coast)

Bloom Time:

early summer to fall

Flower:

yellow, orange, pink and red buttercup-like flowers depending on variety

Foliage:

green leaves densely set on branches.

Propagation:

seeds, cuttings (late spring/early summer) or division (fall/spring)

Suggested Use:

borders, shrubby ground cover, low growing hedges, rock gardens and mass displays
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Growing Hints:

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.

Interesting Facts:

The name "Cinquefoil" means "five leaves, " although the number of leaves on a stem actually varies from three to seven.
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February 22, 20060 found this helpful

Ellen,

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.

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The potentilla that is a shrub that grows 2 - 4 feet has totally different leaves and is not a perennial, rather a shrub.

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By Ellen (Guest Post)
February 24, 20060 found this helpful

Valleyrimgirl,

Thank you for pointing out the fact I posted the wrong picture! I'll see that it gets corrected ASAP.

Ellen

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February 25, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks for sending the new image Ellen, it's been added.

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