Potentilla – Cinquefoil, Five Finger, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Potentilla – Cinquefoil, Five Finger

Potentillas greatly resemble
the Strawberry Plant, especially in the manner of growth
and the foliage. This is a trailing plant which covers
the ground rapidly and sends out roots as it goes along.
The flowers are very showy, the colors are very bright,
with reds, oranges and yellows predominating. These
flowers are both double and single and are borne in
great profusion from June to August. The single blooms
look like a Buttercup or a Strawberry flower. Potentilla
atrosanguinea,
a parent of many lovely varieties,
has single, rich crimson blossoms. Miss Wilmott is cerise,
and William Rollison is a combination of orange and
mahogany-red with double flowers. There are a great
many varieties, nearly all of which have double flowers.

UTILIZE. Potentillas are
most effective when planted in rock gardens where they
can.grow over large boulders of rock and need not be
thinned out every year. They are excellent to plant
in bare places where a good ground covering is needed,
for these plants grow rapidly and soon form a thick
covering.

GENERAL. These plants should
be set about 18 inches apart in any garden soil, but
they do best when planted in rich, light, loamy soil.
They like exposed places and will need to be thinned
out every year. There should be a light mulch of leaves
placed over the plants during Winter.

PROPAGATION. Potentillas
send out roots along the trailing stems; hence, new
plants are very easily obtained by thinning out. They
are also easily grown from seed.

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