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‘Gibson’s Scarlet’ shrubby cinquefoil

Potentilla fruticosa 'Gibson's Scarlet'

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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 CharacteristicsVery bright red flowers in summer. 

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

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

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

  • Genus : Potentilla
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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