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Potentilla fruticosa

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Potentilla fruticosa
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Potentilla fruticosa
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Potentilla fruticosa

Species Name: Potentilla fruticosa
Common Name: Shrubby or Bush Cinquefoil

Very hardy. Great for high elevations. Has large yellow flowers.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: 10,800'
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Sierra Nevada Mountains, Klamath Range, High Cascade Range
Natural Habitat: High meadows, rocks. Elevation: 6000 - 10,800'

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History
  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A low growing much branched shrub with small pinnate leaves and quantities of bright yellow saucer-shaped flowers. Will thrive in any garden with a fair amount of water, blooming for several months. A good subject for a rock garden. Gallon cans, 60c."
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