Graceful cinquefoil flowers with butterfly
Graceful Cinquefoil (Slender Cinquefoil)
Potentilla gracilis
Rose family - Rosaceae

Growth habit: Bushy medium-sized perennial

Height: 30 - 70 cm

Spread: 30 - 70 cm

Bloom Time: July - August

Bloom Colour: Yellow

Light: Full sun

Moisture: Average to dry

Soil: Average garden soil

Seeding: Sow seeds in spring or fall. See the Plant Info page for more detailed information on growing from seed.

Landscape uses: A great plant for a wildflower meadow or naturalized garden bed. The long graceful stems add movement to the garden on a breezy day. It will grow very tall in rich soil and flower stems tend to droop, so it may need staking. Does not spread. May self-seed a little but is easily managed. This species has a taproot so transplant when very young. Suggested spacing for planting is 30 cm.

Interesting features: Large palmate leaves and bright yellow flowers look a little like buttercups. The common name cinquefoil refers to the leaf shape in Latin: quinque (five) and folium (leaf).

Natural habitat: Dry to moist meadows, grasslands, rocky slopes, open woods and roadsides.

Ecology: Attracts butterflies, native bees, and other pollinating insects.