Potentilla fruticosa

Potentilla fruticosa

Also called shrubby cinquefoil or bush cinquefoil, the native Potentilla has been bred into many cultivated varieties popular to landscapes in our climate. It has a long bloom time, exceptional hardiness, and low maintenance. This sturdy plant stands up to drought, air pollution, and salt, and has earned a reputation of being veritably indestructible by tolerating a wide range of growing conditions. Plants can get sparse without 6 or more hours of sunlight. Pair with spring blooming bulbs to screen bare branches until leaves emerge. Habit can be irregular and is well suited for rock gardens or naturalized areas.

Plant Height at Maturity

2 feet

Plant Width at Maturity

2 feet

Growth Rate


Growth Habit

Round | Spreading

Landscape Uses

Small Space

Environmental Features

Native Species | Water-wise | Pollinator Friendly

Tough Sites

Alkaline Soil | Dry Soil | Calcareous Soil | Deer Damage | Urban Conditions | High Wind

Seasonal Interest

Spring Flowering | Summer Flowering

Flower Color