Potentilla thurberi 'Monarch's Velvet' (also called Cinquefoil)
Deciduous, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial grown for divided foliage and long stems of rich red flowers. Useful for ground cover and growing amongst other perennials and shrubs, especially where shorter lived plants, such as some bulbs, may die back after flowering. Although this plant isn't so attractive when planted alone, it mingles extremely well with other perennials and the shorter ornamental grasses. Attractive to bees.
Quite a long season, with flowers from early summer to the first frosts.
Habit - low growing. The central plant is mound forming and sends out long flowering stems. H: up to 30cm S: 1m.
Stems - lax, round, hairy, green tinged with dark pink.
Leaves - lobed and serrated, like a strawberry leaf. Mid-green.
Flowers - cup-shaped, 5-petalled flowers in rich crimson, darker towards the base. Flowers are borne on long lax stems, either solitary or loosely clustered. The flowering stems have a habit of leaning against other plants and using them for support so that the flowers can appear up to 1m from the ground.
Does best in full sun.
Well drained, light, can tolerate moderately poor soil.
Divide plants in spring or autumn. Cut back in spring. Generally pest and disease free.
Divide plants in spring or autumn or sow seed in spring.
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