Shrubby Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa Marian Red Robin = 'Marrob' (PBR)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
shrubby cinquefoil Marian Red Robin


Potentilla fruticosa Marian Red Robin, commonly known as Shrubby Cinquefoil, is a deciduous shrub with a bushy growth habit. Its foliage consists of small, pinnate leaves with multiple leaflets that are a bright green color, creating a dense and lush appearance throughout the growing season. One of the most striking features of the Shrubby Cinquefoil is its flowers. The blossoms are a vibrant red or deep reddish-pink, which emerge in contrast against the green leaves. These flowers are small, with five petals that form a cup-like shape and a yellow center, blooming profusely from late spring to late summer, which adds a long-lasting splash of color to gardens. As the seasons change, the foliage may take on a slightly altered hue, adding to its visual interest. The plant often attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, which are drawn to its flowers' nectar and pollen. Overall, the Shrubby Cinquefoil presents a charming and colorful display that can enhance the aesthetic of any garden space.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Shrubby Cinquefoil, Bush Cinquefoil, Golden Hardhack

    • Common names

      Dasiphora fruticosa, Potentilla fruticosa, Pentaphylloides fruticosa, Pentaphylloides floribunda, Potentilla floribunda.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as Shrubby Cinquefoil is generally considered non-toxic to humans. There are no significant reports of poisoning or toxic effects from ingesting parts of the Potentilla fruticosa 'Marrob'. Therefore, accidental ingestion is unlikely to cause harm; however, it is always advisable to avoid eating ornamental plants due to the potential presence of residual pesticides or other chemicals.

    • To pets

      Shrubby Cinquefoil is not known to be toxic to pets. It is not listed among plants that have toxic effects on dogs, cats, or other domestic animals. If a pet were to ingest parts of Potentilla fruticosa 'Marrob', it is unlikely to experience poisoning. However, as with humans, it is generally wise to prevent pets from ingesting ornamental plants to avoid possible upset stomach or reactions to any chemicals that may be present on the plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 meters)

    • Spread

      2-4 feet (0.6-1.2 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attractive Flowers: Produces eye-catching, red to orange flowers that enhance garden aesthetics.
    • Long Blooming: Offers a long flowering period from late spring to fall, providing visual interest across seasons.
    • Easy Maintenance: Known for its low maintenance needs, requiring minimal care once established.
    • Drought Tolerance: Exhibits good resistance to drought conditions, making it suitable for xeriscaping.
    • Wildlife Friendly: Attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Hardy: Shows resistance to cold temperatures, tolerating a wide range of climates.
    • Compact Growth: Features a bushy, compact growth habit, ideal for small gardens or as a border plant.
    • Disease Resistance: Generally resistant to common diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Deer Resistant: Less palatable to deer, which can be a plus in areas where deer browsing is an issue.
    • Versatile: Suitable for a variety of uses, including foundation plantings, hedges, and garden beds.

  • 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

    • Dye Plant: The leaves and flowers of the Shrubby Cinquefoil can be used to make a natural yellow dye for textiles.
    • Bonsai: With its compact growth and attractive foliage, Shrubby Cinquefoil can be trained as a bonsai specimen.
    • Wildlife Habitat: The dense, low-growing habit provides cover for small animals and birds.
    • Erosion Control: The extensive root system helps stabilize soil on slopes and prevent erosion.
    • Photography Subject: With its vibrant yellow flowers, it's often used as a photogenic subject for nature photography.
    • Artistic Inspiration: Artists may use the plant as a subject or inspiration for paintings, drawings, and other artwork.
    • Edible Flowers: The flowers are edible and can be used as a decorative, colorful addition to salads.
    • Cold-Hardy Landscaping: In cooler climates, it provides year-round greenery as an evergreen shrub.
    • Living Fence: When planted in a row, Shrubby Cinquefoil can create a low, living border or fence.
    • Culinary Garnish: Though not commonly used for flavor, the flowers can be used as a visual garnish on dishes.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Shrubby Cinquefoil is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Shrubby Cinquefoil is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Potentilla, also known as Shrubby Cinquefoil, is known for its hardy nature and ability to withstand challenging conditions, symbolizing resilience and strength in adversity.
    • Simplicity: With its modest and unassuming flowers, Shrubby Cinquefoil reflects simplicity and a down-to-earth attitude.
    • Protection: Historically, Potentilla species have been associated with protection due to their medicinal properties, which were believed to ward off various ailments.
    • Maternal Care: The nurturing growth habit and reliable blooming of Shrubby Cinquefoil might symbolize the care and dedication of a maternal figure.
    • Charm and Attraction: Its bright and cheerful flowers make the Shrubby Cinquefoil a symbol of attraction and positive energy, drawing in good vibes and joy.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Early spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Shrubby Cinquefoil should be watered regularly, aiming for at least 1 inch of water per week. During dry spells or hot weather, you might need to water more frequently to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. It is crucial to check the top few inches of soil for dryness before watering. This plant does not like standing water, so well-draining soil is essential. In terms of quantity, for smaller shrubs, using a watering can, apply approximately 1-2 gallons of water, ensuring it soaks the root zone completely. For larger shrubs, you may need to increase this amount proportionally.

  • sunLight

    Shrubby Cinquefoil thrives in full sunlight but can also tolerate partial shade. The ideal location is a spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. However, in regions with very hot summers, some afternoon shade will help to protect the plant from intense heat. Avoid deep shade, as this will reduce flowering and may cause the plant to become leggy.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Shrubby Cinquefoil is hardy and can endure a wide range of temperatures, typically surviving winter lows down to -30°F and summer highs up to 90°F. The ideal growing temperatures for this plant are between 60°F and 75°F. These plants are known for their cold hardiness and can survive in USDA Hardiness Zones 2 through 7 without issue.

  • scissorsPruning

    Shrubby Cinquefoil benefits from annual pruning to maintain its shape and encourage vigorous growth. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. It's best to remove any dead or damaged branches and thin out older stems to promote new growth. Pruning once a year is typically sufficient, but it can be done more frequently if shaping is required.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Shrubby Cinquefoil thrives in well-drained, loamy soil with a pH of around 6.0 to 7.0. A mix of two-thirds garden soil and one-third sand or peat moss would facilitate proper drainage while retaining adequate moisture.

  • plantRepotting

    Shrubby Cinquefoil, being a woody perennial, does not require frequent repotting. It is typically repotted or transplanted only if it outgrows its current space or needs soil replacement, which might happen every few years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Shrubby Cinquefoil is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and does not require any specific humidity adjustments, making it suitable for average outdoor conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light, avoid overwatering, minimal care needed.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun to partial shade, well-drained soil, fairly drought-tolerant.

    • Hardiness zone

      2-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Marian Red Robin' starts its life as a dormant seed, resting in the soil until conditions are appropriate for germination. Upon germination, a seedling emerges, developing roots and a rosette of leaves as it establishes itself. As it matures into a juvenile plant, it develops woody stems and a more defined leaf structure, continuing to grow in size and form. It reaches its adult phase when it is capable of flowering, showcasing yellow flowers from early summer to fall that attract pollinators and can lead to seed production if fertilized. The plant enters a period of dormancy in winter, where growth pauses, but as a hardy perennial, it can survive cold conditions to regrow from its root system the following spring. Throughout its adult life, which can be several years, 'Marian Red Robin' continues to bloom annually, with proper care and favorable conditions contributing to its longevity and health.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • The Potentilla fruticosa 'Marian Red Robin', commonly known as Shrubby Cinquefoil, can be propagated through softwood cuttings, which is the most popular method. This process is typically carried out in late spring to early summer when the plant's new growth is still soft and flexible. To propagate, cut a 4 to 6-inch (10 to 15 cm) length from a healthy stem, making sure it has several leaves. Dip the cut end into a rooting hormone to encourage root development. Then, plant the cutting in a well-draining potting mix, ensuring at least two sets of leaves are above the soil surface. Water the cutting well and cover it with a plastic bag to maintain humidity. Keep the cutting in a warm place with indirect light until roots establish, which usually takes several weeks. Once rooted, the new Shrubby Cinquefoil can be transplanted to a desired location in the garden.