Potentilla shrubs are also known as Bush Cinquefoil. Potentilla shrubs are native to the Northern Hemisphere and are deciduous. The potentilla is a very hardy plant and can thrive in zone 2 winter temperatures. Today’s potentilla is grown for their ornamental value. Potentilla plants are used as shrub borders, low hedges, as edging plants and for massing. The long bloom period and short plant stature allows for a look that is unique. Potentilla is easy to grow and adapts to a wide range of soils and is attractive all season. Potentillas attract butterflies and they are not favored by deer.
Potentillas are almost disease and pest free. They require only minimal pruning to keep them in any shape you desire. Early spring pruning includes cutting back old flower stems and foliage using bypass pruners. Prune out the oldest stems to keep the plant from getting leggy. Potentillas are a durable plant. They will tolerate drought, flooding, and they will easily survive transplanting. Potentilla will perform best when planted in a full sun area with late afternoon shade. The late afternoon shade will help prevent color fade on the flowers. Nature Hills offers several varieties of potentilla and they are displayed below.