Potentilla recta


Potentilla recta

Potentilla recta is a wonderfully cheerful plant.

Cheery saucers of canary yellow

As it is covered with saucers of canary yellow for months, from late spring right through summer.

Ferny lacy foliage is a bonus

But the ferny, lacy foliage is also a great plus as garden decoration.

Tough as old boots

While hands-on gardeners rejoice in it’s hardy, tough, trouble free constitution.
Potentilla recta is just about bullet proof because almost nothing eats it, diseases miss it, and even snails, rabbits and deer  usually pass it by while they head for the Hostas.

For binding banks & by the sea

Potentilla recta is an especially valuable and hardy plant for gardeners who wish to bind the slope of a bank or garden by the sea.
Because it tolerates sandy or poorer quality soil as well as a wide range of other soils – from sandy to rocky or good garden loam; from acid to alkaline.

Drought resistant

Potentilla recta also has low water needs once established.
So plant it just about anywhere, from Full Sun to Partially Shaded positions. In well drained soil.
Sulphur Cinquefoil is not a needy plant in any sense.
So it requires little fertilizer or any pampering, and actually performs better if it is not spoilt with rich soil or abundant water.

Toughly frost hardy

Sulphur Cinquefoil shrugs off hard frost and is well capable of withstanding temperatures well below -20C, depending on conditions.

Low maintenance and self sufficient

Potentilla recta is such a low maintenance perennial so it is easy to leave it alone to just get on with it.
The only work to remember is to cut it back to the ground at the end of flowering or the end of autumn / beginning of spring. And this brings on a fresh crop of the pretty foliage.
60cm. High adorned with canary yellow saucers x 45cm Wide of ferny, dainty, feathery foliage.


Sow Potentilla recta seeds indoors in winter, spring or autumn / or scatter outdoors winter or spring.

INDOORS: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently pat the seeds to the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.

And thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath and allowing the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.

Now keep the sown punnet moist in well-lit position (not in direct sunlight).
Because these seeds need light to germinate.

Temperatures of 15-20°C are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.

Seedlings emerge in approx. 14-21 days.

SEED COUNT: 300 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).

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