Marsh cinquefoil Potentilla palustris - 1L Pot - Cut Back
Potentilla palustris is a deciduous, creeping perennial with toothed, grey-green leaves. In summer it bears deep purple/maroon, bowl-shaped flowers.
- Flower Colour: purple, maroon
- Foliage Colour: dark green
- Approx. Growth Height: up to 50cm
- Flowering Time: summer
- Uses: gardens, beds and borders, bog gardens, pond margins, zone 1 of a pond
- Growing Habit: bushy, creeping
- Exposure: exposed or sheltered
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: will reach maximum height in 2-5 years
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: loam, chalky, sandy, neutral, acid
- Moisture: moist
Caring and Maintenance:
Cut back to base in spring to encourage growth, and add compost to improve soil moisture. Propagate by dividing and replanting in spring.
Plant in reliably moist, moderately fertile soil in full sun or partial shade. Sow seeds in containers in a cold frame in February, and transfer back to soil in March.
A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two years. Perennials are flowering plants which grow and bloom over the spring and summer and then die back every autumn and winter. They typically grow structures that allow them to adapt to living from one year to the next through a form of vegetative reproduction rather than seeding. Perennial plants often have deep, extensive root systems which can hold soil to prevent erosion, capture dissolved nitrogen before it can contaminate ground and surface water, and outcompete weeds. They grow very well in conditions that are poor in resources due to their earlier emergence in the spring, and the development of larger root systems which can access water and soil nutrients deeper in the soil.