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Potentilla fruticosa

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Potentilla (poh-ten-TILL-uh) (Info)
Species: fruticosa (froo-tih-KOH-suh) (Info)

Synonym:Dasiphora fruticosa
Synonym:Pentaphylloides fruticosa

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral raisedbedbob On Feb 11, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

The dried leaves can be used as a tea. Steep them for 5-10 minutes.

Neutral captainswife On Mar 31, 2004, captainswife from Rosemount, MN wrote:

Found this plant to be easy to grow, a good bloomer, but very "leggy" and difficult to shape for a fuller plant.

Positive mrchala On Jul 19, 2003, mrchala from Lodi, WI wrote:

We have found that this plant thrives everywhere we have planted it. It is very common here in Wisconsin and very popular with landscapers!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chino Valley, Arizona
Flagstaff, Arizona
North Fork, California
Parker, Colorado
Lane, Kansas
Oakland, Maryland
Valley Lee, Maryland
Saugus, Massachusetts
Mason, Michigan
Rosemount, Minnesota
Kalispell, Montana
Jefferson, New York
Livingston Manor, New York
Crumpler, North Carolina
Springfield, Ohio
Bend, Oregon
Greeley, Pennsylvania
Bryn Mawr-skyway, Washington
Lodi, Wisconsin

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