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Including Potentilla atrosanguinea, Potentilla fruticosa, Potentilla nepalensis, Potentilla thurberi, and Potentilla x tonguei

Potentilla (perennials)

Cinquefoil

Said to be useful in medicine and magic at least since the time of Hippocrates, the sun-loving Cinquefoil likes well drained soil and partial shade in hotter climates, obliges both cold and drought, and can be nestled into the rockery or atop a garden wall alongside Campanulas or Stachys.


Potentilla ‘Arc En Ciel’  full sun

Resplendent double layers of ruffled deep red petals showcase irregular yellow splashed margins on slender stems above a tidy trailing herbaceous foundation. Maintaining their rich coloration, the saucy long blooming flowers are loosely clustered and tempered by palmate strawberry-style deep green leaves that spill over walls, down steps or edge a border.

Blooms June–August

Size: 12"–15" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Potentilla ‘Arc En Ciel’ (P-1893)
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Potentilla atrosanguinea  full sun

Hailing from the lower slopes of the Himalayas, this strong perennial is named for its vibrant saucer-shaped blood red flowers borne on widely branching leafy stems. The neatly toothed long-petioled silver-gray foliage sports silky hairs on the upper surface and a white tomentose below. Well-suited for a front or midborder location, Potentilla atrosanguinea’s good-looking bearing performs best in cool summer areas and tolerates dry conditions once established.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 12"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Potentilla atrosanguinea (P-0120)
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Potentilla nepalensis ‘Ron Mcbeath’  full sun

While the somewhat sprawling species traipses throughout Nepal's Himalayan Mountains, this vivacious nonshrubby cultivar makes a compact well-groomed perennial for your garden. A handsome low mound of hairy coarse-toothed strawberry-like foliage presents 1 in. wide rosy carmine flowers, each defined by a dark crimson eye and 5 heart-shaped lipstick-pretty petals on wiry branched stems. Venerating a former plant curator at the Royal Botanic Garden in Scotland, 'Ron McBeath' makes a flashy long blooming mate for Knautia 'Mars Midget' and Geranium sanguineum 'Album'.

Blooms May–August.

Size: 8"–12" high x 15"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Potentilla nepalensis ‘Ron Mcbeath’ (P-1814)
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Potentilla thurberi ‘Monarch’s Velvet’  full sun
Crimson Cinquefoil

Don’t be surprised if you too fall under the spell of this undemanding, hearty perennial named for its sumptuously colored flowers and powerful presence. Lobed, strawberry-like, dark green foliage shapes a tidy clump beneath deep raspberry-red blooms with rich-as-velvet, ruby-black centers and bright white stamens.

Said to be useful in medicine and magic, the sun-loving Cinquefoil likes well drained soil and partial shade in hotter climates, obliges both cold and drought, and can be nestled into the rockery or atop a garden wall alongside Erysimum ‘Wenlock Beauty’.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Potentilla thurberi ‘Monarch’s Velvet’ (P-1396)
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Potentilla x tonguei  full sun  partial shade
Staghorn Cinquefoil
Potentilla x tonguei

Dramatically etched by deep red eyes, soft apricot-colored flowers roost above wide trailing clumps of lobed evergreen foliage. This long blooming charmer stays low to the ground as it scrambles between steps, spills over a border’s edge or cavorts with Helianthemum ‘St. Mary’s.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 6" high x 12"–15" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Potentilla x tonguei (P-1581)
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Potentilla (shrubs)

    


Potentilla fruticosa ‘Apricot Whisper’  full sun  partial shade
Shrubby Cinquefoil
Potentilla fruticosa Apricot Whisper

Delicate parchment-like 5-petaled flowers awash in hushed apricot pink hues and dainty thickset dark green leaves set this compact easily grown shrub apart. Promoting fine textured appeal, an attractive flood of small narrowly divided foliage garbs the versatile twiggy visage that makes an excellent hardy choice for low hedges, foundations or mixed borders. ‘Apricot Whisper’ can handle poor, sandy or gravel-strewn soil, but dislikes hot humid areas, and appreciates a midsummer trimming.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Apricot Whisper’ (S-0763)
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