Sunday, April 11, 2010
Shrubby Cinquefoil Pink Beauty
Potentilla fruticosa 'Pink Beauty'
Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee)
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This is a nice variation of the common yellow flowered Potentilla that you see most of the time. Actually I have been seeing less and less of this shrub in gardens. It gives nice color but the secret is to hard shear it a couple of times a year to keep it from getting to big and not flowering enough. It can grow in about any soil that is well drained. It has moderate water needs and is quite hardy. I have observed it growing as far north as Alaska.
The ant in this photo is just a lucky capture. As far as the many Potentillas I take care of I have not noticed any ant problems associated with their culture.
If you want to see a picture of my dog, Juno, use this link to Facebook.
Joe Yunckes at Wag’s Doggie Day Camp took it. I know Facebook can be funny about outside links so I hope it works. If you want to be friends on FB let me know. I really resisted getting involved with the social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter but have been using them to keep up with friends and family in ways I didn’t before.