- Author: Carmen Kappos
If you want an easy care, hardy addition to your garden, then shrubby cinquefoil is great to consider. It's a tough garden plant that keeps producing its carefree flowers all summer long. The species name was updated to Dasiflora fruticosa, but it is still sold under an older name of Potentilla fruticosa. A native plant to northern United States and Canada as well as Europe and northern Asia, it's well-loved with many cultivated varieties. Shrubby cinquefoil is easy to grow, even in poor soil. For high altitude gardens it tolerates very cold temperatures and handles crushing snow well.
Here's a list of features for this hardy shrub that works well in borders, as a foundation plant, or in mass plantings.
- USDA Hardiness Zone 3 – 7
- Once established is considered “water wise”
- Grows well in poor soil
- Low maintenance
- Medium fire resistance
- Easy to grow
- Few pest problems
- 3' tall to 6' wide, can be pruned to height
- Rounded growth habit
- Dark green, soft pinnate leaves
- Cold hardiness
- Handles crushing snow
- Long summer blooming
- Non-toxic to dogs and cats
- Cultivated plant flower color choices: bright yellow, light yellow, white, cream, apricot, coral, pink or yellow tinged with orange.
Four different flower color specimens may be seen at the pocket park at the base of the Mammoth Lakes entrance sign. There you can see bright yellow blooms, light yellow blooms, pink blooms and white blooms during the summer months. To visit, park in the lot for the Police Department and courthouse and walk over to the small water-wise demonstration garden created by the local water district.