Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil)


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Plant Description: This multi-stemmed shrub grows upright and mounded in it’s northern range but it can be found to be sprawling and prostrate in other locations. Its young stems arch gently and are reddish brown and covered in fine, silvery hairs. Older bark shreds in long strips.

Dense leaves are dark yellow green, pinnately compound with 5-7 leaflets that are small, elliptical, and covered in small hairs. Terminal (appearing at the ends of branches) bright yellow, buttercup shaped flowers are flattened and showy. The fruit is a cluster of achenes covered with long conspicuous hairs. 

  • Height: 2-4ft
  • Width: 3-5ft
  • Watering needs: Regular to dry
  • Sun needs: Sun to part shade
  • Soil needs: well-drained, tolerant
  • Bloom Time: June-September

Landscape Use and Ecological Function: Shrubby cinquefoil is found growing in moist habitats such as bogs and wet meadows, as well as in dry areas, such as rocky bluffs and hillsides in montane and subalpine elevations. This plant is native to most of North America, including Oregon. We recommend growing Shrubby cinquefoil in woodland gardens or meadowscapes - it provides are great addition to these landscapes. Cold and drought tolerant.

*Photo by SevenOaks Nursery*

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