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Dasiphora fruticosa is often confused with:
Potentilla indica Duchesnea indica
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Thymus vulgaris Thymus vulgaris
Hibiscus syriacus Hibiscus syriacus
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis

Bush Cinquefoil Dasiphora fruticosa

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Pentaphylloides floribunda
  • Potentilla fruticosa
Phonetic Spelling
DA-se-FOR-ah froo-tih-KOH-sah
Description

Shrubby Cinquefoil is an easy plant to grow.  It can be planted in part shade, but for the best flowering, planting in full sun is preferred.  It is drought tolerant and well-draining soils are essential. This plant struggles in the high humidity conditions of SE USA.

It is a dense shrub related to the strawberry with numerous upright branches.  To keep its dense, rounded form, remove canes during the winter or cut to the ground.  It can become ragged with age and somewhat difficult to keep neat looking. This plant is great for erosion control. 

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Some issues affecting the plant are fungal leaf spots and spider mites.  Mildew can also be an issue when growing in the humid southern states. Attempting to grow in the summer heat of the south can be a challenge, it does better in cooler climates.  

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Abbotswood'
    White blooms, blue-green foliage
  • 'Absaraka'
    Larg yellow flowers. Dwarf, compact
  • 'Coronation Triumph'
    4' mounded, long bloom period
  • 'Fargo'
    Large yellow flowers. Dwarf, compact
  • 'Gold Drop' or 'Farreri'
    Yellow blooms all season
  • 'Goldfinger'
    1.5" yellow flowers
  • 'Hurstborne'
  • 'Jackmannii'
    Larger rounded plant, deep yellow flowers all summer
  • 'Katherine Dykes'
    2'-3' spreading-arching habid, blooms all season
  • 'Longacre'
    Low spreading groundcover habit
  • 'McKay's White'
    Creamy white flowers
  • 'Pink Beauty'
    Clear pink blooms on 2' rounded plant
  • 'Pink Pearl' and 'Pink Whisper'
    Pink blooms that may fade to yellow in warmer climates.
  • 'Prinrose Beauty'
    Light yellow from late spring to frost, silvery-gray foliage.
  • 'Snowbird'
    White, double flowered
  • 'Sunset'
    16" spreading form with yellow blooms with orange-reddish hues.
  • 'Tangerine'
    Yellow flowers flushed with orange-copper. 2' wide and tall.
  • 'Yellow Gem'
    Low spreading groundcover habit with reddish young twigs and gray-green foliage
'Abbotswood', 'Absaraka', 'Coronation Triumph', 'Fargo', 'Gold Drop' or 'Farreri', 'Goldfinger', 'Hurstborne', 'Jackmannii', 'Katherine Dykes', 'Longacre', 'McKay's White', 'Pink Beauty', 'Pink Pearl' and 'Pink Whisper', 'Prinrose Beauty', 'Snowbird', 'Sunset', 'Tangerine', 'Yellow Gem'
Tags:
#bees#deciduous#drought tolerant#shrub#wildlife plant#nectar plant#salt tolerant#rabbit resistant#air pollution tolerant#erosion control#specialized bees#wind tolerant#deer resistant#long bloom time#groundcover#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#winter hardy#clay soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Abbotswood'
    White blooms, blue-green foliage
  • 'Absaraka'
    Larg yellow flowers. Dwarf, compact
  • 'Coronation Triumph'
    4' mounded, long bloom period
  • 'Fargo'
    Large yellow flowers. Dwarf, compact
  • 'Gold Drop' or 'Farreri'
    Yellow blooms all season
  • 'Goldfinger'
    1.5" yellow flowers
  • 'Hurstborne'
  • 'Jackmannii'
    Larger rounded plant, deep yellow flowers all summer
  • 'Katherine Dykes'
    2'-3' spreading-arching habid, blooms all season
  • 'Longacre'
    Low spreading groundcover habit
  • 'McKay's White'
    Creamy white flowers
  • 'Pink Beauty'
    Clear pink blooms on 2' rounded plant
  • 'Pink Pearl' and 'Pink Whisper'
    Pink blooms that may fade to yellow in warmer climates.
  • 'Prinrose Beauty'
    Light yellow from late spring to frost, silvery-gray foliage.
  • 'Snowbird'
    White, double flowered
  • 'Sunset'
    16" spreading form with yellow blooms with orange-reddish hues.
  • 'Tangerine'
    Yellow flowers flushed with orange-copper. 2' wide and tall.
  • 'Yellow Gem'
    Low spreading groundcover habit with reddish young twigs and gray-green foliage
'Abbotswood', 'Absaraka', 'Coronation Triumph', 'Fargo', 'Gold Drop' or 'Farreri', 'Goldfinger', 'Hurstborne', 'Jackmannii', 'Katherine Dykes', 'Longacre', 'McKay's White', 'Pink Beauty', 'Pink Pearl' and 'Pink Whisper', 'Prinrose Beauty', 'Snowbird', 'Sunset', 'Tangerine', 'Yellow Gem'
Tags:
#bees#deciduous#drought tolerant#shrub#wildlife plant#nectar plant#salt tolerant#rabbit resistant#air pollution tolerant#erosion control#specialized bees#wind tolerant#deer resistant#long bloom time#groundcover#pollinator plant#wildflower garden#winter hardy#clay soils tolerant#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Dasiphora
    Species:
    fruticosa
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Temp. Northern Hemisphere
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Potentilla support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Derandrena) ziziaeformis, and Panurginus potentillae.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Broad
    Dense
    Erect
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3b, 3a, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Achene
    Fruit Description:
    A non-showy fruit that will persist through the winter.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Yellow flowers up to 1.5" have a long bloom season.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Medium blue-green to dark green with 3 to 7 narrow leaflets. Leaves will turn a yellow-brown color in the fall.
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    Dry, flaky bark.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Slope/Bank
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought