A picture of a Cinquefoil

Cinquefoil

Potentilla 'Helen Jane'

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

1m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Cinquefoil Overview

There are about 500 or so deciduous shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals and biennials in this genus. They will bear clusters of rounded, bright-coloured blooms which are profuse throughout the spring and summer.

How to propagate Cinquefoil

Seed

You can propagate the perennial species by seeds in the autumn. Shrubby species may be raised by seed in autumn.

Division

Division.

Cuttings

Softwood or greenwood cuttings in summer.

Other uses of Cinquefoil

Attracts bees. Tall species, such as the shrubs, are useful in borders. Dwarf Potentillas are good for rock gardens and in containers. Suitable for coastal conditions.