Shrubby Cinquefoil
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Shrubby Cinquefoil
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Shrubby cinquefoil is a tough, tolerant, compact, flowering shrub Native to North America, Europe, and northern Asia (circumpolar). Tolerates to a wide range of conditions and soil types from very dry to very wet. The shrub tolerant of both drought and wet feet and is very winter hardy. Found on waters edge, meadows or wet areas around the great lakes, it thrives in cooler temperatures and is an indicator of alkaline soils.

The form is densely branched with Reddish brown stems; mound forming, and keeps its shape well without pruning. Compound leaves have small narrow elliptic bluish green leaflets, slightly hairy, and glaucous underneath. Showy Yellow Blooms appear in abundance from June to September. A Long bloom period lasts throughout the entire summer and Attracts butterflies.

Shrubby Cinquefoil is widely used in the nursery trade and is usually referred to as Potentilla fruticosa, though the genus has been changed to Dasiphora.


Michigan State University. (n.d.). Shrubby Cinquefoil. Retrieved from

Missouri Botanical Gardens. (n.d.). Potentilla frutosica.

Oregon State University. (n.d.). Potentilla fruticosa. Retrieved from

Shrubby Cinquefoil — Potentilla fruticosa. Montana Field Guide. Montana Natural Heritage Program. Retrieved on November 25, 2020, from

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