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Slender Cinquefoil

  • Scientific Name: Potentilla gracilus
  • Garden: Wildlife Garden
  • Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Dry

Plant Information

Slender Cinquefoil is a common, somewhat quiet but easy to grow long lived native perennial. Palmate leaves are conspicuously serrated on long stems. In early to mid-summer 20″ stems support multiple clumps of sunny single yellow flowers. Full sun to part shade in average to enriched soil. Water to establish the first season then let it go with seasonal rainfall. Wild looking perennial that shines in borders, among shrubs and along the urban wild lands interface. Very pretty clustered at the foot of Holodiscus whose bloom is simultaneous. Loved by pollinators and an important food source for many butterflies. Native from SW. British Columbia south to San Diego County California. Often found in Ponderosa pine forests. Blooms much more heavily in full sun and improves under cultivation. Winter deciduous. Little deer resistance. Rose family. These are seed raised from Willamette Valley populations, so it is the local form. Oregon native plant. Plant type: Herbaceous perennial | Sun exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade Biome: Dry Shade, Low Water/No Water, Oregon Coast, Western Native, Willamette Valley Natives | USDA Hardiness zone: Zn5a -15º to -20ºF Foliage color: Mid Green | Foliage season: Winter Deciduous

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POGR full BB, POGRLeafBB (©2020 Barbara Bloomfield), POGR flower MMK (©2020 Margaret Kerwin)