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FutureStarrBush Cinquefoil OOR
Shrubby cinquefoil is a popular ornamental plant in temperate regions. Different cultivars are variable with flowers ranging from white to yellow, orange and pink, but they are all hardy plants that produce flowers for much of the summer. The flowers are always small, flat, and round, but there are many dozens on each bush. It is very often used by cities and businesses for landscaping because of its hardiness and low maintenance. It was introduced into cultivation in the 18th century, but many of the modern cultivars, particularly those with orange or red flowers, derive from collections by Reginald Farrer in western China in the early 20th century.
Shrubby Cinquefoils feature the single five-petalled cup flowers that are typical within the rose family. The wild variety flowers in a bright shade of yellow but there are varieties with white, orange-red and pink-colored blooms. Large-flowered varieties such as “Goldfinger” have blooms that reach diameters of 1.18 inches, while smaller-flowering varieties of Potentilla fruticosa exist with flowers measuring just 0.39 of an inch. These shrubs are extremely voracious flowerers in full sun with relatively low nutrient levels and bloom from June to October.Its preferred location opens up plenty of possibilities when planting shrubby cinquefoil in the garden. Half-height varieties add structure to the planting in a flower bed, for instance. Shorter varieties can generally be planted in groups or as groundcover to ensure they come into their own. Flowering, cut or uncut borders are also ideal for shrubby cinquefoil.
Depending on the variety, you can plan for four to six specimens per square yard. If you want to use them to enclose a border, three specimens across a little over one yard will quickly form a lovely edge.All Shrubby Cinquefoils can be easily propagated through cuttings and will grow true. Take cuttings from slightly woody shoot tips in June and place these in a propagator tray with moist potting soil. The propagator tray should be positioned in bright indirect light outside, occasionally ventilated and kept evenly moist. Depending on the soil temperature, the cuttings will begin to root after two weeks.Thanks to its flowering period and very similar location preferences, Shrubby Cinquefoil and repeat-flowering roses are a match made in heaven. Depending on your choice of rose, it’s best to choose varieties with white flowers like “Abbotswood” as the yellow-flowering cultivars can be successfully combined with fewer rose varieties. Shrubby Cinquefoil also works well in shrubberies. The simple, bowl-like flowers look natural and attract a plethora of beneficial insects. When planted individually, large-flowering varieties, such as the 51 inch tall “Goldfinger”, are sure to draw the eye. (Source:www.mygarden.com)