Tough, unfussy perennials and small shrubs with flowers in white, cream, and soft to bright shades of pink, red, yellow, orange. Leaves are divided into leaflets; may be green, gray-green, or silvery gray.
There are both shrubby and perennial forms.
The shrubby potentillas, most often sold as named forms of Potentilla fruticosa, are native to northern latitudes everywhere, including the Cascades and Olympic and Rocky mountains. All have typically bright green to dark green leaves divided into three to seven leaflets; most grow 2 to 3 ft. tall; and all bloom cheerfully from late spring to early fall, producing 1 1/2 to 2-in.-wide blossoms. Flower colors are in the white/pink/yellow/red/orange range.
These are fairly trouble-free plants that do best in well-drained soil with moderate water, but tolerate poor soil, drought, and heat. Varieties with red- or orange-tinted blossoms should be grown in light shade; they tend to fade quickly in hot sun. After the bloom period ends, cut out some of the oldest stems from time to time to make room for new growth.
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