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Potentilla argentea

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Potentilla (poh-ten-TILL-uh) (Info)
Species: argentea (ar-JEN-tee-uh) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive maria63 On Feb 13, 2013, maria63 from copenhagen
Denmark wrote:

This plant has amazing medicine properties. It can be used as a tea from any part of the plant. This tea is amazing for when you have stomach problems, specifically diarrhea. It has strong anti microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of that it can help with many health problems. Tea is made like any other herbal tea. In my family we used it every time someone had stomach issues(diarrhea). Just a cup of this tea will help with diarrhea in about 30 minutes or sooner. If necessary another cup could be taken later. Its a strong herb so if you like the flavor and want to drink it more often just don't make tea too strong. Use in moderation. Information on this plant is available on Russian web sites as this plants is native there. It is also sold in the pharmacy as a medicine for stomach problems. Before use pleas do some research to be safe.

Positive cinemike On Jul 4, 2004, cinemike from CREZIERES
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

One thing of note is that this plant can survive very unfriendly conditions, and will bloom when only a few inches high.

I love it as a small plant because it looks like an absolutely top of the range buttercup - very rich golden flowers with the silvery edge to the leaves, it looks like a buttercup that has been re-worked by Mappin and Webb.

Neutral KWertz313 On May 8, 2004, KWertz313 from Lakewood, NJ wrote:

Plant overhangs when grows. Please advise when to prune.
Thank you,

Positive docaly On Apr 29, 2004, docaly from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

Potentilla is a drought-tolerant, quickly established shrub which delights the eye with its sweet yellow flowers. Tolerates very sunny spots and often a shrub of choice for xeriscaping. Doesn't get to be very tall; possibly up to 6 feet; prefers elevations above 5000'. Appreciates moisture when it can it, so in the garden at high elevations, 1x per week is great after established. If in the wild, 15" annual precipitation will keep this alive. Lower elevations, more frequent watering is needed.

Other species: P. aserina is found from NM to CA; P. fruticosa is smaller, more often found nationwide (grows to ~4'); and P. thruberii, is low-growing w/dark green foliage and orange-red flowers on stems to 18" tall, probably more often available nationwide.


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

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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