Shrubby cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa 'Gibson's Scarlet' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa 'Gibson's Scarlet') poe-ten-TIL-lah frew-tih-KOE-sah 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'View the discussion thread.