Plant DetailShow Menu

Potentilla x hybrida

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
po-ten-TIL-ah BY HY-brid-ah
Description

Cinquefoil gets its name from its 5-parted leaves. The flowers are about 1 in. wide, and bright against the dark green leaves. The native cinquefoil is known as the "False strawberry" or "Indian strawberry." Cinquefoil hybrids perform best in cool climates and are useful in the mountains and upper Piedmont.  They can be propagated by seed or by dividing plants in fall or spring.

The plants can be affected by downy mildew, powdery mildew, leaf blister, rust, and fungal leaf spot.

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Gibson's Scarlet'
    Clumpung, bushy, cluster of single red flowers.
  • 'Jean Jabber'
    Strawberry-like, serrated, downy, silver-green leaves and clusters of yellow through orange to scarlet at the bases.
Tags:
#bees#red#sun#yellow#partial shade#summer#spring#perennial#wildlife plant#nectar plant#fall interest#specialized bees#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Gibson's Scarlet'
    Clumpung, bushy, cluster of single red flowers.
  • 'Jean Jabber'
    Strawberry-like, serrated, downy, silver-green leaves and clusters of yellow through orange to scarlet at the bases.
Tags:
#bees#red#sun#yellow#partial shade#summer#spring#perennial#wildlife plant#nectar plant#fall interest#specialized bees#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Potentilla
    Family:
    Rosaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Himalayas, North America, hybrid origin
    Wildlife Value:
    Members of the genus Potentilla support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Derandrena) ziziaeformis, and Panurginus potentillae.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Saucer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    5-parted, about 1 in. wide
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    5-parted leaves that give the plant its name. Often have prominent veins and wrinkles.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees