Common Name: shrubby cinquefoil
Type: Deciduous shrub
Native Range: Northern Hemisphere
Zone: 3 to 7
Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 5.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Erosion, Clay Soil, Air Pollution
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers evenly moist soils. Best flowering occurs in full sun, but plants tolerate part shade. Established plants grow well in a wide range of conditions and have good drought tolerance. Plants have excellent winter hardiness and perform best in cool northern summer climates. It is not recommended for planting in the southeastern U.S. south of USDA Zone 7 where they tend to struggle with high summer heat and humidity. Prune as needed in late winter.
Potentila fruticosa, commonly called shrubby cinquefoil, is a vigorous, floriferous, many-branched, compact, deciduous shrub that is native to northern parts of the U.S., Canada, Europe and Northern Asia. It typically grows in a mound to 2-4’ tall on branches clad with compound-pinnate, medium to blue-green leaves (usually 5 narrow elliptic leaflets each). Saucer-shaped, 5-petaled, yellow flowers (to 1.5” diameter) appear over a long summer bloom period.
Genus name comes from the Latin word potens meaning powerful in reference to an old-time belief that the leaves of some genus plants had potent medicinal curative powers.
Specific epithet means shrublike.
The common name of cinquefoil is in reference to the leaves (cinq means five and foil means leaf). Additional common names include yellow rose, fivefingers, golden hardhack and widdy.
No serious insect or disease problems. Mildew may occur in some humid climates. Fungal leaf spots. Spider mites will sometimes appear.
Low hedge, mixed or shrub border, foundation. Versatile, long-blooming shrub for sunny parts of the landscape.