Shrubby Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa Princess = 'Blink'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
shrubby cinquefoil [Princess]


The Potentilla fruticosa Princess, commonly known as Shrubby Cinquefoil, is an ornamental plant that boasts a bushy and dense appearance. Its foliage consists of small, pinnate leaves that have a fine textured look, and each leaflet is oval-shaped with toothed margins. The leaves typically exhibit a bright green hue, which can provide a vibrant backdrop for the flowers. This plant is particularly appreciated for its blooms. The flowers are distinctly saucer-shaped with five petals and emerge in a charming yellow color, exuding a warm and cheerful aesthetic. The blossoms are usually abundant and can cover the entire plant, providing a profuse display of color. The repeated flowering of the Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Blink' ensures a long bloom period that extends throughout the warmer months, attracting butterflies and other pollinators to the garden. The Shrubby Cinquefoil's branching habit gives it a rounded and full look, making it a favored choice for landscape borders, foundation plantings, or as a standalone specimen. The plant's hardy nature and its tolerance to various conditions couple to make it a popular choice for gardeners looking for a low-maintenance yet attractive addition to their outdoor spaces.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Shrubby Cinquefoil, Bush Cinquefoil, Golden Hardhack, Potentilla, Widdy.

    • Common names

      Potentilla fruticosa Princess = 'Blink'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa Princess = 'Blink') is not known to be toxic to humans. This plant is generally considered non-poisonous, and there are no common reports of toxic effects from ingesting parts of this plant.

    • To pets

      Shrubby cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa Princess = 'Blink') is also not known to be toxic to pets. This plant is typically considered safe around animals, and ingestion should not cause any toxic effects or symptoms of poisoning in pets.

  • 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

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Landscape Decoration: The Potentilla fruticosa 'Princess' adds vibrant color and beauty to gardens with its bright yellow flowers.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has good drought tolerance, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Low Maintenance: This shrub requires minimal care, making it a convenient choice for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers attract butterflies, providing a lively and dynamic element to the garden environment.
    • Cold Hardy: It is capable of surviving in cold climates, making it a suitable choice for gardens in cooler regions.
    • Long Blooming Period: The plant has a long flowering season, offering visual interest throughout the spring and summer months.
    • Versatile Usage: It can be used in various landscape applications, including borders, hedges, and as a ground cover.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory: Potentilla fruticosa, commonly known as shrubby cinquefoil, may possess anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation.
    • Astringent: The astringent qualities of this plant can be used to tighten tissues and reduce secretions, which may be beneficial in the treatment of various skin conditions.
    • Antimicrobial: There is some evidence to suggest that shrubby cinquefoil has antimicrobial effects, which could theoretically be used to fight certain bacterial infections.
    • Diarrhea: Traditionally, cinquefoil species have been used to treat diarrhea due to their astringent properties.
    • Oral health: Due to its astringent and antimicrobial properties, it may be used in oral care to strengthen gums and combat oral pathogens.
    • Wound healing: The astringent effect might contribute to wound contraction and healing, although specific uses of shrubby cinquefoil in this context are not well-documented.
    • Gastrointestinal issues: The astringent properties may also be helpful in addressing some gastrointestinal disturbances.
    This plant is not commonly referenced in contemporary medical literature, and therefore, the aforementioned uses should be considered with caution due to a lack of extensive scientific research validating these properties.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Props: The Potentilla fruticosa 'Princess', commonly known as Shrubby Cinquefoil, can be used as a photogenic prop in garden photography, adding a splash of yellow and texture to the composition.
    • Craft Material: The branches of the Shrubby Cinquefoil can be dried and used in floral arrangements or wreaths for rustic crafts and decorations.
    • Wildlife Shelter: Dense plantings of Shrubby Cinquefoil can offer shelter and nesting sites to small birds and beneficial insects in the garden.
    • Dye Production: The flowers and leaves, when harvested, can be used to produce a natural dye for fabrics or crafts.
    • Erosion Control: With their extensive root systems, these plants can help stabilize soil on slopes and prevent erosion.
    • Landscape Design: The plant's compact habit and long blooming season make it suitable for use in formal garden designs, as a low hedge or a structured element.
    • Seasonal Interest: Its bright yellow flowers and sometimes reddish fall foliage make it ideal for adding seasonal interest to gardens.
    • Educational Tool: The Shrubby Cinquefoil can be used in educational settings like schools and botanical gardens, to teach about plant growth and care.
    • Symbolism: In certain cultures, the Shrubby Cinquefoil's five petals might symbolize different attributes and can be used in thematic gardens.
    • Culinary Garnish: While not common, the flowers could potentially be used as an edible garnish for fancy dishes, provided they are free of pesticides and other chemicals.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant_name is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant_name is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Shrubby cinquefoil is known for its hardiness, able to withstand cold climates and poor soil conditions, symbolizing the ability to endure and thrive in adversity.
    • Simplicity: With its modest yet charming five-petaled flowers, shrubby cinquefoil represents the beauty and fulfillment found in simple pleasures.
    • Maternal Affection: The nurturing way shrubby cinquefoil spreads and cares for its flowers is often seen as a symbol of the caring and protective nature of motherhood.
    • Longevity: Since the shrubby cinquefoil can live for a long time and continues to bloom throughout the growing season, it symbolizes a long and fruitful life.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not needed
Spring to Summer
  • water dropWater

    Shrubby Cinquefoil should be watered deeply but infrequently to encourage a strong root system. During the first growing season, it’s important to maintain a regular watering schedule, giving the plant about 1 gallon of water once a week. After establishment, reduce the frequency to every two weeks, unless there are extended periods of drought or extreme heat. Always check the soil before watering; it should be dry an inch below the surface. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so ensure that the soil has good drainage.

  • sunLight

    Shrubby Cinquefoil thrives in full sun, which means it should receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight each day. It can tolerate partial shade, but flowering is most prolific in full sun. Plant it in a spot where it's exposed to unfiltered sunlight for the majority of the day for best growth and bloom performance.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Shrubby Cinquefoil is a hardy plant that can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. It does well in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 7. The plant can survive minimum winter temperatures down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit and is equally resilient in summer heat, provided it isn’t too extreme. Ideal growing temperatures for Shrubby Cinquefoil are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Shrubby Cinquefoil should be pruned to maintain its shape and encourage bushier growth. Pruning is best done in late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Cut back the previous year’s growth by approximately one-third to one-half. Pruning can also be done after flowering to remove spent flowers and seed heads, which will encourage further blooming.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Princess', or Potentilla fruticosa 'Blink', thrives in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter. A soil mix comprising equal parts garden soil, peat moss, and sharp sand or perlite creates an ideal environment. The optimal soil pH for this plant ranges from 6.0 to 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Princess' typically does not require frequent repotting as it is often grown as a shrub in garden landscapes. Repotting every 3-5 years, or when it becomes root-bound, is usually sufficient.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Shrubby Cinquefoil 'Princess' is adaptable to a wide range of humidity conditions but prefers average to dry air. It does not require high humidity to thrive and is quite tolerant of the typical humidity found in outdoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, water moderately, maintain cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to partial shade, water as needed.

    • Hardiness zone

      2-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Potentilla fruticosa 'Princess', commonly known as shrubby cinquefoil, begins its life as a seed, which upon germination in spring, develops into a small seedling with a root system that starts to anchor into the soil. As it enters the vegetative stage, the seedling grows into a woody perennial shrub, featuring pinnate leaves and a bushy habit. The shrub reaches maturity in a few years and starts to produce five-petaled, yellow flowers during the summer months, which are attractive to pollinators like bees and butterflies. After pollination, the flowers develop into small, inedible fruit which contain seeds, completing the plant’s reproductive cycle. During autumn, the shrub may enter a dormant phase, with leaves turning yellow or brown and falling off before winter, especially in colder climates. Each spring, the shrub breaks dormancy with new leaf and flower bud growth, resuming the cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Potentilla fruticosa, commonly known as Shrubby Cinquefoil, is most popularly propagated through softwood cuttings. This method is generally performed in late spring to early summer when the new growth is still flexible but mature enough to withstand cutting. A cutting of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) is taken, making sure it includes at least two sets of leaves. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end is often treated with a rooting hormone to encourage root development before the cutting is placed into a well-draining soil mix. The environment should be kept humid to prevent the cuttings from drying out, and the soil should be consistently moist but not waterlogged. Once roots have developed, which typically takes a few weeks, the new plants can be transplanted into individual pots or a designated area of the garden.