Shrubby cinquefoil

Potentilla fruticosa 'Gibson's Scarlet'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa 'Gibson's Scarlet')
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Genus:  Potentilla

This clumping, bushy perennial bears clusters of single, extremely vibrant red flowers all summer. The saucer-shaped flowers often attract butterflies. 'Gibson's Scarlet' is very hardy and tolerant of most soils.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Very bright red flowers in summer. 

Care: 

Grow in full sun and poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil.

Propagation: 

Divide plants or sow seed in a cold frame in spring or fall.

Problems: 

Downy mildew, powdery mildew, leaf blister, rust, and fungal leaf spots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Red
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

Potentilla fruticosa 'Gibson's Scarlet'