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Abbotswood Cinquefoil

Potentilla cinerea

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Abbotswood Cinquefoil (Potentilla cinerea) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

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Plant Height:  3 inches

Flower Height:  4 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

A low mounding plant with strwberry-like leaves and small, sunny yellow buttercup-like flowers in late spring; also useful in containers, surprisingly drought tolerant

Ornamental Features

Abbotswood Cinquefoil has cymes of yellow buttercup flowers dangling from the stems from mid to late spring, which are interesting on close inspection. Its attractive small serrated oval palmate leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Abbotswood Cinquefoil is an herbaceous perennial with a ground-hugging habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Abbotswood Cinquefoil is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Abbotswood Cinquefoil will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Abbotswood Cinquefoil is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features