Cinquefoil Potentilla 'Majland'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
cinquefoil 'Majland'


Potentilla 'Majland' is a flowering perennial that showcases a quintessential cottage-garden appeal. This plant is characterized by its lush, green foliage which is made up of small, pinnate leaves with a soft texture. The leaves are divided into leaflets that are arranged in a symmetrical pattern, giving the plant a fern-like appearance. During its blooming season, Potentilla 'Majland' bears an abundance of flowers, which are a distinctive feature of this variety. The flowers are typically bright yellow, adding a vibrant splash of color that contrasts beautifully against the green foliage. Each bloom has five petals which are broadly rounded, radiating from the center like a star. The flowers are simple yet charming, producing a warm and inviting atmosphere in any garden setting. Inside the petals, the center of the flower reveals a cluster of small, darker yellow stamens which attract a variety of pollinators. This particular Potentilla is popular for its long-lasting flowers that can adorn the plant for a substantial part of the growing season, often from late spring until the first frost of late autumn. The overall appearance of Potentilla 'Majland' is one of a compact, mounding plant, which spreads graciously to fill spaces in garden beds and borders. In terms of care, Potentilla 'Majland' is known for its hardiness and its ability to thrive in a range of conditions. It prefers a sunny spot in the garden but can tolerate partial shade. Moreover, the plant is resistant to many typical garden pests and diseases, making it an easy-care option for both novice and experienced gardeners alike.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Majland Cinquefoil

    • Common names

      Potentilla 'Majusland'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Potentilla, commonly known as cinquefoil, is generally not considered toxic to humans. Most species of Potentilla are regarded as safe and do not produce harmful effects if touched or ingested in small quantities. However, it is always advisable to exercise caution and avoid ingesting plants that are not specifically intended for consumption, as individuals may have varying sensitivities or allergies.

    • To pets

      Cinquefoil is not commonly listed as a toxic plant for pets. It is generally regarded as safe for domestic animals such as dogs and cats, and ingestion of this plant typically does not lead to poisoning or adverse health effects. Nevertheless, it is always best to prevent pets from consuming non-food plants, as overconsumption of any plant material can potentially cause gastrointestinal upset or other issues due to individual sensitivities.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Flowers: Produces bright yellow flowers that can add color and vibrancy to a garden.
    • Extended Blooming Period: Often blooms from late spring until early fall, providing long-lasting visual interest.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has good resistance to drought, making it suitable for dry climates.
    • Cold Hardy: Capable of withstanding colder temperatures, which makes it suitable for gardens in cooler regions.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, not necessitating frequent watering or fertilizing.
    • Growth Habit: Forms a dense, mounding shape that can be used effectively as ground cover.
    • Wildlife Attraction: Blossoms can attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, promoting biodiversity.
    • Soil Adaptability: Can thrive in a range of soil types, including poor soils, as long as they are well-drained.
    • Deer Resistance: Less appealing to deer, which can help prevent damage to the plant and garden.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Potentilla 'Majland', commonly known as cinquefoils, can be used to create low hedges or borders in gardens owing to their dense growth habit and attractive foliage.
    • Their flowers provide a source of nectar for bees and other pollinating insects, thus playing a role in supporting local ecosystems.
    • Cinquefoil plants can be used for ground cover to prevent soil erosion on slopes due to their spreading nature and robust root systems.
    • Dye can be extracted from the roots of cinquefoil plants to dye fabrics and yarns in varying shades of yellow or red depending on the mordant used.
    • They can be planted in containers or hanging baskets to add long-lasting, seasonal color to balconies and patios.
    • Cinquefoil flowers can be pressed and used in crafting, such as in making bookmarks, greeting cards, or for botanical art pieces.
    • The plant can be used to create a natural, rustic setting in wildflower gardens together with other native species.
    • Cinquefoils can be integrated into sensory gardens; their interesting leaf textures and bright flowers appeal to touch and sight.
    • They offer a living mulch under taller shrubs or trees, helping to maintain soil moisture and suppress weeds.
    • The cinquefoil's hardy nature makes it suitable for xeriscaping projects; it is a plant suited for low-water landscapes.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Potentilla is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Potentilla is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Protection: Potentilla, commonly known as "Cinquefoil," is often associated with protection due to its five-petaled flowers, which historically symbolize the five senses and were thought to offer defense against harm.
    • Love and Marriage: In medieval times, Cinquefoil was used in love potions and its presence in a garden was believed to bring harmony to a household, making it symbolic of love and marital bliss.
    • Wisdom: Given its medical uses in traditional remedies, Cinquefoil has become a symbol of wisdom, particularly in choices related to health and well-being.
    • Magic: With its ties to the number five, which is often considered magical in many cultures, Cinquefoil has been used in various magical rites and spells, associating it with mystical powers.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The common name for Potentilla 'Majland' is Cinquefoil. When watering Cinquefoil, ensure the soil is consistently moist but not waterlogged. During the active growing season, typically in spring and summer, water the plant thoroughly once a week. Use approximately one gallon of water per plant during each watering session, adjusting for rainfall, as the plant should not sit in soggy soil. During the fall and winter, reduce watering to every two weeks or less, depending on the plant's environment and weather conditions, as the plant will require less water during these dormant periods.

  • sunLight

    Cinquefoil thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal location is a spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily but is also protected from the harsh afternoon sun. If planting in a garden with partial shade, ensure it still gets enough light to promote healthy growth and flower production.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Cinquefoil plants are hardy and can withstand a wide range of temperatures. They typically survive in temperatures as low as 0°F and can tolerate heat well above 80°F. The ideal temperature range for optimal growth is between 60°F and 75°F. While they are adaptable, prolonged exposure to extremes outside the mentioned range may stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Cinquefoil in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. This encourages bushier growth and more flowers. Remove any dead or damaged branches, and trim up to one-third of the plant to maintain its shape and size. Pruning too late in the season can remove buds set for the next blooming cycle, so timely pruning is essential.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Cinquefoil 'Majland' thrives best in well-draining soil enriched with organic matter. A good mix for this plant would be equal parts garden soil, compost, and coarse sand to ensure proper drainage. The preferred pH range for Cinquefoil 'Majland' is slightly acidic to neutral, around 6.0 to 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Cinquefoil 'Majland' typically does not require frequent repotting; it can be repotted every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil or when it has outgrown its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cinquefoil 'Majland' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and does not have specific humidity requirements; average ambient humidity should be sufficient for this plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Position Cinquefoil 'Majland' in bright light inside and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Cinquefoil 'Majland' in full sun to partial shade, in moist soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    'Mont Blanc' Cinquefoil, as Potentilla 'Majland' is commonly known, begins its life cycle as a seed, which germinates in late spring, given adequate moisture and temperature. After sprouting, the seedling develops into a young plant with a rosette of leaves close to the ground, and as it grows, it develops a strong root system. In the following years, the plant matures and starts to produce flowers typically in late spring to early summer, which are pollinated by insects, leading to the formation of small, dry fruits containing seeds. After pollination, the plant continues to grow and can spread by rhizomes, creating a more extensive clump. 'Mont Blanc' Cinquefoil is a perennial plant, meaning it can live for several years, going dormant in winter and resuming growth in spring. Upon reaching the end of its lifespan, which can vary depending on environmental conditions, the plant will die, but it often leaves behind seeds or new shoots from the rhizomes to continue the species' presence in the garden.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-early summer

    • Potentilla 'Monarch's Velvet', often referred to simply as Potentilla, is commonly propagated through division, which is a straightforward and popular method for this perennial plant. The best time for dividing Potentilla is in the spring or early fall when the plant is not in active bloom. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the plant, ensuring to get a good amount of roots. Then, using a sharp spade or knife, divide the plant into smaller sections, each with a portion of the roots attached. Replant the divisions at the same depth they were originally growing, spacing them about 12 inches (approximately 30 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate growth. Water the new plantings thoroughly to help establish them. This method is effective for expanding your Potentilla garden or sharing with fellow gardeners.