Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Shrubby Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa Pursh)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 14, 2013|Print

Plant Family

         

 

Bee visiting Shrubby cinquefoil
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Shrubby cinquefoil flowers and foliage
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Rose family (Rosaceae)

Note: Shrubby cinquefoil was recently reclassified as Dasiphora fruticosa (L.) and subspeciesDasiphora floribunda (Pursh), Also see Pentaphylloides floribunda

 

Common Names

Potentilla, Shrubby potentilla, Bush cinquefoil, Widdy, Golden hardhack

Description

  • Shrubby cinquefoil is a long lived native shrub distributed throughout the northern and western US, Alaska, and throughout Canada
  • It is also native to northern Europe and Asia
  • Many cultivars of this popular shrub have been developed for the nursery trade
  • A profusion of small yellow flowers bloom from late summer through frost
  • Cultivars are available with white, pink, orange, and red flowers
  • Colors other than yellow tend to fade in summer heat
  • This twiggy shrub has small fine leaves
  • Grows from 12 to 48 inches tall and wide
  • Requires full sun
  • Tolerates poor dry soils with little or no additional fertilizer
  • This species is very cold tolerant and survives in USDA Zones 2 through 7
  • Grows well at high elevations
     

Attracts

adult and caterpillars of moths and butterflies
bees
flea beetle
flies
wasps
 


Additional Resources:

USDA Plants Database
FEIS Database - Species: Dasiphora floribunda

West

Nevada - Shrubby cinquefoil, bush cinquefoil

Midwest

Illinois Wildflowers - Shrubby cinquefoil

Southeast

North Carolina Plant Fact Sheet