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Potentilla neumanniana

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Potentilla (poh-ten-TILL-uh) (Info)
Species: neumanniana

Synonym:Potentilla tabernaemontani
Synonym:Potentilla verna
Synonym:Potentilla crantzii

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

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:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive alpine2 On Nov 24, 2013, alpine2 from Kent
United Kingdom wrote:

I have grown this plant for many years and it is a very useful plant for relatively difficult positions such as on the top of banks and on stone outcrops. Very colourful when in flower.

Negative lovedirtynails On May 28, 2006, lovedirtynails from Portland, OR wrote:

This plant was very invasive in my flower bed. On a positive note, I moved it all to a barren strip by the street and it is doing fine. Can withstand foot traffic.

Positive Todd_Boland On Feb 6, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This little potentilla is native to limestone areas of northern Newfoundland. I've grown it in my rockery for many years. Plants can gently self-seed but are easily controlled. They bloom here in June.


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

Susanville, California
Moorhead, Minnesota
Brooks, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Locust Dale, Virginia
Lake Stevens, Washington

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