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Potentilla tridentata

Three-toothed Cinquefoil

A compact groundcover for dry, soil with loose clusters of dainty white flowers and glossy evergreen leaves. The leaves have two notches in the tips that form three rounded teeth. Leaves turn wine red in autumn. Great for rock gardens.

Benefits

Glossy evergreen groundcover for dry sites
Clusters of small white flowers bloom for a long time
Cary Award winner for 2004
Great for edging borders
Foliage turns dark mahogany-red in the fall and winter

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow on a sunny site with rocky soil. Looks especially good creeping out of rocky crevices. Great for edging. Prefers acid soil.


Height
3-6 Inches

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Spread
12-15 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 2-7

Native Range

Sandy or rocky shores and mountaintops; Greenland to the Northwest Territories, south to Iowa and Connecticut and in the Appalachians to Georgia.

Native Trivia

Food, water, space and cover are the four essential elements of wildlife habitat. Cover is any place an animal can use for living space or to take refuge from predators and harsh natural elements such as heat. Components of cover include all forms of vegetation and physical entities such as brush piles, fallen logs, snags and tree cavities.


"This is a critical food source for my cousins, the Copper butterflies, and we all nectar here."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Small Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Acidic
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Drought tolerant
Edging
Erosion control
Evergreen
Ground cover
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Connecticut
Georgia
Illinois
Iowa
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin