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POTENTILLA fruticosa 'Pink Whisper'

Image of Potentilla fruticosa 'Pink Whisper'

James H. Schutte

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

POTENTILLA fruticosa 'Pink Whisper'

Plant Common Name

Pink Whisper Cinquefoil, Shrubby Cinquefoil

General Description

Pink whisper cinquefoil is a small, rounded shrub that produces many buttercup-like flowers of palest pink that sometimes fade to pale yellow. This attractive landscape plant has a compact, bushy, habit and small, dainty compound leaves of rich green. It is very hardy and originates from north temperate regions from Asia to North America. From summer to frost, numerous flowers appear with regularity. These contrast nicely with its fine, dark leaves. As branches age, they develop pretty peeling bark.

This plant is adapted to average to poor sandy or gravely soils and prefers full sun. Over time, old stems should be removed to keep this shrub looking neat and well kept. Most cinquefoil are susceptible to powdery mildew and spider mite damage. This is a fine plant for low hedges, foundation plantings and mixed borders and there are many cultivars to choose from.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm (30)

  • Width

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm (30)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    World/Pandemic, North America, Europe, Russia/Siberia, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Yellow, Light Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gold, Brown

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Alpine, Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No