Potentilla palustris

Potentilla palustris

Marsh cinquefoil

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Potentilla palustris
  • Common name: Marsh cinquefoil
  • Family: Rosaceae
  • Plant Type: Marginal, Deciduous
Flower colour:

Red

Foliage colour:

Green

Potentilla palustris, also known as marsh cinquefoil or bog strawberry, is a British native found growing naturally alongside ponds, streams and ditches. It has strawberry-like leaves and wine-red, star-shaped flowers in early summer, which are very attractive to butterflies, bees and hoverflies.

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As its common names suggest, Potentilla palustris likes wet conditions – plant in a bog garden or at the edge of a pond. It will gradually spread, shading the water.

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Plant Potentilla palustris near the edge of a pond in an aquatic basket containing aquatic compost, with around 10cm of water over the top of it. Alternatively, plant in a bog garden or in a pond in a pot.

How to grow Potentilla palustris

  • Plant size

    15cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, partial shade
  • Shade type: Damp
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Potentilla palustris and wildlife

Potentilla palustris is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and provides shelter and habitat.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Potentilla palustris poisonous?

Potentilla palustris has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People