Cinquefoil

Potentilla 'Gibson's Scarlet'

Cinquefoil - Potentilla  'Gibson's Scarlet'

Common Name: Cinquefoil
Genus: Potentilla
Cultivar: 'Gibson's Scarlet'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.40 m (40 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Long sprays of bright scarlet saucer-shaped flowers with bright yellow anthers appear all summer long above clumps of pretty strawberry-like leaves. This low-growing deciduous shrub is a perfect front-of-border plant for a bold planting scheme based on 'hot' colours. Given a sunny well-drained site it's easy to grow producing a succession of flowers from June to August although it will also brighten up a partially shady spot in the garden.

  • Garden care: Lift and divide large clumps in autumn or spring. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.


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