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Cinquefoil

Potentilla nepalensis. Sow seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost date, pressing seeds lightly into the soil as light aids germination, or direct sow the seeds in late summer or fall. Direct-sown seeds will more likely flower the first full season in your garden. If the plant seems reluctant to keep flowering in late summer, cut the stalks back by half to kickstart it into blooming again. Deer resistant. Perennial. Early to late Summer-flowering. Height: 18".

Average seed life: 1 year.

Miss Willmott Cinquefoil

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Most Cinquefoils are shrubby, but this is one of the several that behave as a herbaceous perennial, producing a new batch of mounding, strawberry-like foliage each spring. Its fuzzy stems are topped in waves by 1"-wide, saucer-shaped, medium pink flowers with a crimson eye from early summer to early fall. HZ: 3-9.

Special thanks to BotBln for both garden shots, and to Gustaf Eriksson for the flower portrait.

One packet of about 775 seeds
Catalog #8395
$3.85
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Gardening Tips

Cinquefoil Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:0”
Seed Spacing:6”-8”
Plant Spacing:15”-18”
Days to Germination:15-20 days
Germination Temperature:55°-60°F

Potentilla nepalensis. Direct-sow in rich, very well-draining soil in full to partial sunlight in late summer or fall. Or start seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date, pressing seeds lightly into the soil, as light is needed for germination. Provide even moisture and strong light. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them outside over 1 to 2 weeks before transplanting out. Once seedlings are 2" tall, thin or transplant 15" to 18" apart. Direct-sown seeds are more likely to flower the first full season in your garden. After the first flush of blooms has faded, cut back the flowering stems to rejuvenate the foliage and encourage new buds to form. Divide mature plants in early spring. Early- to late summer flowering. Height: 18".