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Potentilla nitida (Shining cinquefoil)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.05m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Potentilla nitida

Other names

Shining cinquefoil

Genus

Potentilla Potentilla

Species

P. nitida - P. nitida is a cushion to mat-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen, woody-based perennial bearing palmate, hairy, silvery, grey-green leaves, usually with three, lance-shaped to ovate leaflets, and short stems bearing solitary or paired, saucer-shaped, pink, sometimes white flowers in summer.


Potentilla nitida is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Cushion or Mound Forming, Mat Forming

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green, Silvery-grey in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

Remove faded or dead foliage in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed, Stem tip cuttings


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Where to grow

Potentilla nitida (Shining cinquefoil) will reach a height of 0.05m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in poor or moderately fertile, light, well-drained soil in full sun. Full sun is essential for flowering.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Potentilla nitida

Other names

Shining cinquefoil

Genus

Potentilla Potentilla

Species

P. nitida - P. nitida is a cushion to mat-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen, woody-based perennial bearing palmate, hairy, silvery, grey-green leaves, usually with three, lance-shaped to ovate leaflets, and short stems bearing solitary or paired, saucer-shaped, pink, sometimes white flowers in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Cushion or Mound Forming, Mat Forming


Colour

Flower

Pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green, Silvery-grey in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Pruning

Remove faded or dead foliage in spring.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed, Stem tip cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Potentilla nitida (Shining cinquefoil) will reach a height of 0.05m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Gravel, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in poor or moderately fertile, light, well-drained soil in full sun. Full sun is essential for flowering.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Potentilla nitida (Shining cinquefoil)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Potentilla nitida (Shining cinquefoil)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Potentilla nitida (Shining cinquefoil)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Orgyia thyellina

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest from Eastern Asia which could be damaging to broadleaf and coniferous species if introduced to the UK; as well as having human health impacts. The main pathway is likely to be on goods (including non-plant material) imported from Eastern Asia and awareness raising with the main industry sectors is recommended.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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